How should Christians respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic?
First, as followers of Jesus, we need to remember that God is our “refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble” (Ps. 46:1). God has not given us a spirit of fear. We should not panic. Our Heavenly Father is still the all-knowing, ever-present, omnipotent God.
Secondly, pray for all those who have been infected, those who will be, and for their families. Pray for God to deliver the world from this threat to human health and well-being. Pray for wisdom, guidance, and protection for our political leaders, medical leaders, and emergency services as they seek the well-being of the people of this land.
Thirdly, let’s be wise and not reckless. We are suddenly living in very different times and things are changing every day. Listen to the medical experts. Be informed, sensitive, and wise in the way we approach this pandemic. For example, if the authorities recommend no meetings of more than a hundred people, are we to presume that churches may go ahead and have their services in person rather than live video streaming? I hope not!
Fourthly, don’t do anything knowingly that would put anyone else at risk. In Jesus’ name, help those who need help coping with the aftermath of having the virus or having been exposed to it.
Finally, during this whole process, as followers of Jesus, we must always remember the Lord Jesus’ commands to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Let’s all pray that God will be glorified throughout these tense and uncertain times.
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With blessings, and prayers for calm and peace in this time of uncertainty.
Phil Meulman and the Ministry Team