As you are all aware, there has been much concern expressed in our country and around the world about the spread of coronavirus. We don’t yet know how serious the impact is in the United States, but everyday life has already been disrupted for most people.
It is my hope that as you seek to be informed and responsible in your response to this situation that you will keep some important biblical principles in mind.
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First, this virus is yet another reminder of the reality of the fall. Because of sin, the whole of creation has become corrupted and this has affected everything, all the way down to micro-organisms. In our broken world, we long for the return of Jesus Christ who will make all things new.
Second, any time people are reminded of the hard truths of mortality and their inability to control the world around them, there is an opportunity to share the glorious truths of the Gospel: God is in control; the world is not as it should be due to sin; sin affects each one of us and has separated us from God; those who turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins shall have their relationship to God restored and shall inherit eternal life with Him.
No matter what earthly sickness may appear, we can have our souls healed by the Great Physician.
Third, as Christians, we are called to walk not by fear but by faith. God is in control, and He who created the universe and upholds all things by His powerful Word is still on His throne.
Armed with these precious truths, Christians can demonstrate the calm, peace, and hope that is ours in Christ to those around us. Regardless of what the coming days bring, let us show others why we have hope – and let’s be quick to share the source of our hope with others.
Throughout history, Christians have stood out during times of “hardship and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword” because they were willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus, ministering to the sick and needy.
As the opportunity arises, be in prayer about how God would have you serve those in our community who are negatively impacted.
Does our belief in the sovereignty of God mean that we push on carelessly? Not at all. Coronavirus has the potential to become quite serious. Continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how best to respond as things develop.
We should all be diligent in observing some basic precautions that help lower our risks:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
- If you’re sick, stay home
- If you are older or are at greater risk for developing more serious complications from a respiratory illness, you may need to take greater precautions.
Above all, be in prayer. Too often we wait until things get really bad before we turn to God in prayer. Remember, He is in control. As Philippians 4:6 tells us, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
- Center for Disease Control
- The Humbling of Civilization: Praying for the Mercy of God
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