October 2021 | Service of Love

The Pandemic Lessons

The Pandemic Lessons

Dr. John K. Mathew

I still remember the days of State of Emergency in India, between 1975–1977. There was widespread criticism against it, and it was true that it jeopardized human rights in some parts of India. The superpower of the Government and Police was misused by some Politicians and Administrators. But at the same time, its advantages were incredible: it taught the Indian people what discipline is.

Trains ran on time. Schools and Colleges functioned well. Government offices maintained discipline and dignity. Strikes and bribe disappeared!

COVID-19 reminds me of those days of Emergency in India. I think it brought some sort of discipline in our country especially among Pentecostals. It was sad to see that even our funeral services had turned into a sort of celebration. The Kerala Pentecostals always seemed to be in a mood of picnics, conventions, fasting prayer, other spiritual gatherings–and literally anything. And now it appears like we have learned that we can survive without many things we were used to in the past – much of which was just a reflection of the overflow of wealth for Pentecostals in certain parts of Kerala.

Yet, we are still haunted by some ‘Baby Zoomers’; Almost every preacher can be seen with a background of bookcases, suggesting that they are bookworms: Books can be kept in the shelf or in the ‘self’! Some popular preachers stream their private prayers for public attention suggesting they are always on their knees; Prayer, even if it is private God hears, and to be true it has to be private, for it to be heard. Our people know how to exploit any and every situation.

A few in the leadership revealed their arrogance and ignorance even during these pandemic days.

As usual, slanderers never fail to fulfill their strategy of personal destruction;  politicians are politicians.

The lesson is: Some people can't be disciplined by a State of Emergency. Some people can't be disciplined by a Pandemic. Some people can't be disciplined by just anything. But this could have been a time the Pentecostals learned that spirituality can be maintained in silence and solitude.

In conclusion, there is a definition about history: “One thing we learn from history is that nobody ever learns anything from history.”   

Other Articles from same author

True Love

Pala is an important commercial and educational center in Kottayam district, Kerala, India. A few da...Read More

Abundant Life

A boy asked his mother.Mom, at what age do people die?The mother said, go to a nearby cemetery, read...Read More

Dual Citizen

The phrases 'Kingdom of Heaven' and 'Kingdom of God' are found more than eighty times in the New Tes...Read More


An important lesson that the Lord’s prayer teaches us is the complete submission of the one who pr...Read More


Traditionally, a dying person’s words are taken seriously. This is certainly true in the case of J...Read More


Three times a year all males in Israel were required to appear before God; at the feast of Passover,...Read More

Who Will Go?

In John chapter 4, we see our Lord Jesus Christ ministers to a variety of people.The sinful Samarita...Read More

The Grace of God

Auschwitz is a terrible place.The worst of the Nazi death camps, where more than a million people lo...Read More

Be Compassionate

In the famous story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus talks about how a priest and a Levite ignore the di...Read More

The Lone Star

It is easy for us to define history as, "History is the record of what man thought, said and done". ...Read More

The Rest Follows

"Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way". (1 Cor:14:40)This is Apostle Paul's conclu...Read More


Scripture indicates that the universal church was born on the Day of Pentecost. Many theologians bel...Read More


One of the greatest motivating factors for people throughout the world today is the quest for freedo...Read More


A few years ago I was involved in a car accident. A car that came from the opposite direction h...Read More

Grow Up to Him

We live in a time when people attain physical maturity at an early age. A recent study reveals ...Read More

Jehovah Rapha

A number of names for God are found in the scriptures, for no one name, or even multiplicity of name...Read More


"An ethnic group or ethnicity is a popular group whose members identify with each other on the basis...Read More

Let Us Shine

The Romans had a practice of lighting up their tombs. In several instances, gigantic candles or...Read More

I Like Christmas

Unlike the Old Testament, which describes and mandates the observation of a number of religious fest...Read More

Be Still

2020 was a year of great expectation:The whole world thought 2020 would mark a leap in human histor...Read More


Psalm 29 ascribes to the Lord all power and authority over nature.The Canaanites worshiped natural f...Read More