How Should Christians Be Responding to COVID-19
As always, Christians should be open to opportunities to help those in need, and that is no less true during this time. It will be more challenging to offer assistance with the social distancing and isolation rules in place, but when the opportunity presents itself, do not hesitate to help.Ed Jarrett
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, how should Christians respond? I believe that, as Christians, there are a number of specific responses that we can, and should, make to this crisis in our world.
Don’t Panic or Despair
First, and most importantly, don’t panic. There are more than enough “Chicken Littles” running around proclaiming doom and gloom, and there are many false prophets proclaiming this virus as God’s judgment against whatever ill they believe plagues society. Personally, I am not ready to elevate any of them to the stature of Isaiah or Jeremiah.
I believe that it is important during this time that we realize that God is still sovereign. He is in control. Nothing that is happening is a surprise to him. Nor is it something that he has not allowed to occur for some reason. A reason that may only be known to himself.
Regardless of what may happen to others around me, to my family, or to myself, God is in control and I can trust him to accomplish his perfect will through whatever may come.
That does not mean that I will not potentially experience hurt and/or grief, but, as Paul said, “I know who I have believed and am persuaded that he will guard what I have entrusted to him till the end” (2 Timothy 1:12), and with that knowledge, as believers, we can rest assured that he will take care of us.
Show Respect for Our Government Leaders
It seems that many, including believers, enjoying criticizing our government and those who serve in it. Some today are crying that the government is responding too slowly or not strongly enough to this crisis.