The coronavirus (COVID-19) is here. Well, it’s kind of everywhere. Just today the World Health Organization declared a world pandemic since it has appeared in so many countries. People are reacting differently to it, some are shouting “the sky is falling!” and some are saying it’s no big deal, just another bug to deal with as human beings. Others are using it to manipulate everything from the cost of toilet paper and hand-cleaner to political assault on the President to intimidating large gatherings at universities and schools. While some actions seem extreme, perhaps they’re not so much so as they are cautious, and really there’s nothing wrong with that.
The good news is it doesn’t seem to be infecting children, at least not yet.
The mainstream media is having a heyday with it because it fits into their agenda of stirring the pot in any and all topics and issues no matter who gets the raw end of it. While they rattle off “care and concern” the fact is they don’t care and they are not concerned with anything but themselves and pushing a leftist agenda (most of them, anyway).
Now the Communist government in China is insisting the virus did NOT start in China, but rather it’s a plot by the United States to 1)weaken China’s government, 2)weaken China’s economy, and 3)anything else they can blame on the United States. It seems at this point in time it is futile to declare it started anywhere but China.
So while the world’s governments begin to point fingers at each other, the people are dealing with this virus, and it has been deadly.
So is the flu.
So here’s the way I see it:
When you have reached the later years in life, plus you have a lung disability of some kind, sometimes staying healthy means staying home. Simple, right? Stay away from crowds, whether it’s the coronavirus or the middle of flu season.
But some people say “Where’s your faith?” (Read Psalm 91, for instance).
Well, my faith is in God. The same God who has guided and allowed Man to make great advances in medicine. The same God who has also given me common sense (“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7) The same God who says to me “If you really want to jump out of a moving car, you can, but it’s gonna hurt!!” Then He lovingly laughs at me and says “You big dummy! You know better.”
Neither do I believe it’s some kind of judgment on the world God has decided to release. We live in an imperfect world, full of sickness and disease, both physical and spiritual, and these things come with the territory, so to speak. And believers are NOT immune to the trials and tribulations of human existence on this earth.
Paul wrote to the church in Philippi that he wanted to be found in Christ, “10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3)
To the church in Rome he wrote:
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 and patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8)
Common sense, rational thinking, and discernment are given by God, and using them doesn’t lessen your faith.