How should Christians view any Pandemic?
By Sean Serflaten 5 Minute Read
Most people's lives worldwide are being affected by the latest COVID-19 pandemic in one form or another. Panic and fear have been spread throughout society causing people to hoard essential products like canned goods, dairy products, cleaning products, and even paper products like toilet paper. Government officials here in the United States are doing their best to fulfill their responsibility of keeping the public safe from this unseen enemy. We have seen business models change as social distancing is becoming more and more necessary to curb the spread of the virus. For the first time in my life, I'm seeing churches that are not able to open their doors to the public. That does not mean that we as Christians cannot gather to worship. Many churches have already made services available for their congregation, and the world, to watch from their own homes during the mandatory quarantine through the wonderful technology of the internet. The question I've been hearing a lot lately is, How should we as Christians view this or any pandemic?
I would encourage all of you to be smart and do what you can to protect yourself and your loved ones, but do not be fearful about it. Isaiah 41:10 shows us that God has promised to strengthen and help uphold us. God has not given us a spirit of fear. Through Christ our Lord you have the power, love, and self-control needed to weather the storm of any pandemic. (2 Timothy 1:7) Let the peace of the Lord protect your heart as you lift your needs and anxieties to God in prayer and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7) because we serve Jehovah Jireh, the Great Provider.
As Christians, we need to be faithful subjects to the governing authorities because they are instituted by God. (Romans 13:1-5) In America, God speaks through our votes. That is why it is important to fast and pray prior to voting. Those elected leaders, led by God, will surround themselves with the greatest minds in the world to advise them. God has brought them all together for your good, so be a faithful servant of God and follow the instructions given by your leadership.
As ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, we need to check on and care for our neighbors. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:34-40 that "loving our neighbor" is one of the greatest commandments because all the other commandments will be fulfilled if we are truly loving our neighbors. Check-in with your family, friends, co-workers, church body members, and with your physical neighbors. Help them any way you can from emotional support up through physical provision. Help them properly plan and prepare for the pandemic but all the while sharing the love of God with them.
Finally, we need to remain, good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. This means that we need to remain fiscally responsible. I know there will be some of us that lose our income completely and will be trusting wholeheartedly on the Lord to provide all of our needs. The Lord is sure to use the government and other agencies to put together programs to help those in dire need. As Christians, we need to make sure we are paying all of our debts during any pandemic as we are able. We need to utilize credit responsibly, borrowing only that which we can afford to pay back letting no debt remain to be outstanding so that those funds can be repurposed by our creditors to help those in need. If we need to utilize any of the aid programs, we should be sure not to use them more than needed and come to rely on them more than we rely on the Lord for our provisions.
We all need to be in prayer and worship during any pandemic keeping our eyes looking up to Jehovah Shalom because He will bring peace to our lives while everything around us may seem to be out of control. Psalm 91 tells us that we who love and honor the Lord will be protected with no need to fear because He will protect us not allowing any pestilence to come anywhere near our homes. God has promised us that we will merely be spectators because we will be committed into the hands of the angels. Stay healthy and lean on the Lord. God bless you all.