In my research on the CV-19 virus I have found that even though the infection and death rate of other contagious diseases are higher than this one, the reason for the panic is that this is a new strain of a virus.
Being new, it means that no one has any immunity to the disease and every one is vulnerable. BUT this is not a new situation, the world, especially the new world, has experienced this situation before.
When the Spaniards first arrived on the new shores, the native populations had no immunity to the European diseases the Spanish brought with them. Millions of native western Indians were killed because they were vulnerable.
It took awhile for the native population to become immune to those diseases but only after tragedy struck. We may have to face the same tragedy if the right amount of immunity is going to protect the world from this virus.
People are going to die. We cannot escape that fact and we might as well toughen up to the reality. God made it very clear in the Bible that man is appointed to die once, this is an event that we may not like but for those who believe, death is nothing to be afraid of
In today’s world people are afraid of dying. Many of them do not have that love for God that drives out all fear and their decision making is propelled by fear. It is up to the believer to convey God’s love in the correct way to those who are afraid and in need of hope.
We can do that by bringing wise counsel to the politicians who make these sweeping decisions that affect both the healthy and the infected. We cannot be followers in this issue but be the leaders as we have God helping us see the right path to go
Believers are to stand with God and call to the unbeliever to follow and if they still do not come we do not stop following God. Even in this issue. Noah preached for 120 years and no one answered his call.
Yet Noah did not let that failure to bring more people onto the ark stop him from following God and his instructions. He and his family were saved. This is not to say that the CV-19 is a plague from God.
It is saying that even in this situation, the Christian is to find his or her instructions in God and follow them so that more people can be saved. While we lose a few people in the process as everyone will not be healed, we still stand with God understanding that God’s rules are not suspended just because a loved one of ours falls sick.
We trust God even though many others may pass away because of the virus. Social distance is not going to eradicate the virus although it may slow down its spread. This and other diseases will always be a part of this world as they came with the corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin.
What we need is wise leadership and not the blind leading the blind. We need smart decisions made, not blanket commands that really do little to stop the disease from doing its dirty work and only make healthy people more vulnerable to the infected ones.
Understanding that diseases like CV-19 will never disappear and that we cannot exclude death from this world is one way to calm our minds and listen to God’s voice. We are in this world and the Christian has to show everyone else how to overcome what is in it.
The key is to have faith that God will provide the right answers and that people will honestly listen to them. Those answers will come through true believers not deceived humans whether the latter are a doctor, a politician or some other powerful figure.
keep in mind that God allows suffering to continue because he would have to destroy the whole world to end it. So if you lose a loved one, do not get angry at God. God has placed a time limit on our lives and he rarely changes that restriction.
God did not create the virus but he can use it so that more people will come to a salvation through his son Jesus. if the church handles the crisis correctly