However seriously one takes the threat of Coronavirus, it is very clear that, as Christians, we now have a great opportunity to profess our faith in God’s promises to the world. As believers, we know our sins are forgiven and I am reminded of Paul when he was imprisoned facing potential death at the hands of the Romans in Philippians 1. Paul recognized that he was in a win-win situation where if he lived, he would continue to spread the Word. And, if he died, he would gain being in the eternal presence of Christ.
The opportunity we currently have to show our confidence in Christ by witnessing and caring for our community is one that we should not squander. The anxiety observed throughout the world is an opportunity for us to show that our faith, hope, and love are rooted in Christ’s person and work.
When practicing the new form of “social distancing”, remember that we are all inside God’s plan and we should never let fear reign. “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for (our) deliverance, as it is (our) eager expectation and hope that (we) will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored whether by life or by death. For to (us), to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:19-21)
Friends, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).
Also, keep this in mind: TP’ing someone’s house is now an act of generosity!
Ryan Odell, elder