The National Association of Evangelicals is calling on Christians and churches to pause and lament the death of more than 100,000 Americans from COVID-19 on Pentecost Sunday.
Calling for a moment of silence in churches across the country on Sunday, NAE President Walter Kim quoted Revelation 8 in a video message.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour,” Kim read, explaining that God called for silence so that He could attend to prayers. “And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.”
There have been at least 103,781 deaths due to the novel coronavirus and over 1.7 million confirmed cases in the United States, as of early Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
“It’s a reason for us to pause,” Kim said, “to remember the dead, to mourn their passing, and to lament the fact that we have not been able to grieve as we typically would as Christians.”
Faith leaders are also calling for the observance of a National Day of Mourning and Lament at noon on Monday, June 1.
Local leaders will host civic ceremonies, and the call is being supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents 1,400 mayors across the country.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar