Romans 8:31-39

Friday, May 22, 2020

No Spiritual Distancing

Hope For All Times

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

In recent days, there has been a great deal of confusion and controversy surrounding the technicalities of social distancing (aka physical distancing) and social distancing orders. According to the CDC, there are four major guidelines to social distancing: 1) Stay at least six feet from other people. 2) Do not gather in groups. 3) Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others. 4) Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Questions like these have also surfaced: What kind of masks are appropriate? Can a person be arrested for not practicing social distancing? How long are people supposed to practice social distancing? In addition, there are also concerns about distance learning for students and work-at-home capabilities for employees. This is a very difficult practice for a society that is structured on relationships with others in close proximity and is highly dependent on various levels of physical contact.

It is during this season that Paul’s statement, that nothing “in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God” is even more significant. While it may be necessary to separate ourselves from close contact with other people physically, it is absolutely impossible for us to be separated from the love of God spiritually. These closing verses of Chapter 8 are a remarkable illustration of the vital connection between revealed Truth and sacred love. Paul launched into every extreme condition imaginable that might conceivably separate us from the love of God in Christ only to declare emphatically that nothing can or will. These words should establish the foundation of an unshakeable hope for all those who are “in Christ.”