Sunday, March 22, 2020

A Christian Response to Coronavirus - Martin Wiles

In these novel and confusing days, how can we give a Christian response to the Covid-19 pandemic?

1. Don't demonstrate panic or unhealthy fear. 

The Bible reminds us, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, he also tells us not to worry. God will care for his children. Panic leads to unwise decisions, making our situation worse, not better.

2. Don't watch an overabundance of news telecasts. 

Even too much of a good thing can be bad. Too much of this can lead to paranoia--being controlled by fear.

3. Pay attention to what authorities tell us to do.

a. Social distancing- This is a must to keep this virus from spreading. Gathering in groups of 10 or more puts us at risk. This is why many churches are choosing to cancel physical gatherings and substitute these with live streaming. Doing this IS NOT a lack of faith. Rather, this is an effort to use common sense to protect ourselves and others.

b. Wash hands regularly- After doing things we normally don't think about, such as touching mail or picking up a package delivered to our home.

c. Don't shake hands or hug- For us in the South, this is a hard habit to break, but essential at this time. Don't be offended when someone chooses to speak, smile, elbow bump, or fist bump instead.

4. Find ways to show kindness and give hope. 

Technology gives us many avenues to interact while keeping our social distance. And, of course, there's still the old way of writing letters or sending cards. Think of the elderly. Consider those who are working long hours now (medical field). Parents are taking on extra duties because of online schooling.

5. Remember God is in control. 

This, too, will pass, but our world faces something we've never had to face before. Many viruses pass from animal to human but not from human to human thereafter. This one does. We have no vaccine and not enough test kits. Expect things to get worse before they get better. Hunker down for the long haul.

6. Get together with family or a few friends for a time of prayer and Bible study.

Remember, groups of ten or less. 

7. Watch church services online. 

Numerous churches are offering these. Remember, canceled services don't mean churches have closed. The church exists as long as Christians do. 

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