How Should Christians Respond to the Coronavirus?

WILLS POINT, TX – The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has dominated headlines for nearly a month. A Google search on the word “coronavirus” yields a return of over 4.5 billion responses, even though most people were unaware of the virus until early February.

Gospel for Asia says Pray for Coronavirus Crisis: WHO has officially declared the virus to be a pandemic.

There is no cure for coronavirus, nor is there a preventive vaccine. No one knows for sure how the virus spreads. As of this writing, there has been more than 120,000 cases of COVID-19 around the globe. More than 4,300 (3.6%) have died. The World Health Organization has officially declared the virus to be a pandemic.

A widespread concern is already escalating to panic in some areas.

The question then arises, “How should Christians react to the coronavirus?”

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship commented that “There’s a lot of panic. In some ways, I think the viral fear about it may be worse than the virus itself.” He went on to say that we need to listen to and follow the advice of medical experts and that “we need to replace our fear with faith” that God will protect us.

Scott James is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. He is also a Christian. He agrees that there is a “general tendency to focus on the unknowns in a way that stokes panic and fear.” He agrees with Laurie that Christians should not panic. We need to maintain a “biblical perspective based on the understanding that no matter what threat is on the horizon, God is still in control. Trusting in God equips us to take the threat seriously without giving in to panic or despair.”

Gospel for Asia (GFA) founder, KP Yohannan, wrote that true believers should be “Trusting God Like Little Children.” He recalled hearing George Verwer when he (Yohannan) was 19 years old. Verwer had urged his listeners to stop holding on to their lives. “Let the Lord be God.”

Yohannan broke it down for Christians like this:

  • God is sovereign. No matter what, whether we understand what is happening or not, He is sovereign. We are His children, and He is watching over us. You never need to despair if you know Him because He will never allow anything into your life that He is not in control of. He has a purpose in everything.
  • The only correct response to a sovereign God is an attitude of trust and faith. And with that faith comes joy in knowing He is as He promises to be. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you can choose to remain joyful by trusting God.
  • We must come to the place where we say, “Whatever You decide, Lord, let it be. Your will be done. I will take my hands off.”

The Bible deals with the subject of fear 365 times, including passages that tell us the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), to be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6), and not to worry about what might happen (Matthew 6:34)

Ultimately, people are afraid of death. Panicking about the coronavirus is a fast-track to the fear of dying that Jesus came to deliver us from (Hebrews 2:15)

How should Christians respond to the coronavirus?

There is no place for panic in a person who truly trusts in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is in control. Be not afraid.

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