A Christian Response to Pandemic

They were running out of hand sanitizer when I went to the grocery store this evening. That’s just one of many little signs that people are beginning to worry. As I write this, the media has now confirmed a second death from the Coronavirus here in the United States. Experts agree that containment of the virus is no longer an option.

People are beginning to panic.

But not everybody. Some aren’t worried. They don’t think it’s a big deal. They think people are overreacting. They think the virus isn’t as dangerous or deadly as some are portraying it.

Most people simply don’t know how to react or what to think. Social media is full of funny memes about the outbreak. News articles about the virus – some trustworthy, others not so reliable – are overtaking my Facebook feed.

So how should we react as Christians living in the United States? I claim no degrees in virology or medicine, but from what I can glean from reliable sources, the Coronavirus will most definitely spread throughout the world.

So far, the mortality rate for the Coronavirus – that is, the percentage of deaths per cases reported – is roughly 2%. The mortality rate of the flu is just under 1% this season here in the United States. In other words, the Coronavirus is more deadly than the flu, but not much. What we often forget, though, is that 30,000 – 50,000 Americans die annually from the flu.

If the experts are correct, tens of thousands of people in this country and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are going to die from the Coronavirus – and we are still months away from a vaccine.

This is serious.

Yet, we shouldn’t panic. The world has learned a lot over the years about the spread of such viruses. Scientists have already made great strides toward a vaccine. Just like with the flu, the overwhelming majority of healthy adults seem to be surviving the virus just fine.

Most importantly, though, we don’t need to panic because God is still in control.

His promises are still true. He will be with us every moment of every day (Matthew 28:20). He will make all things – even catching the Coronavirus – work for our eternal good (Romans 8:28). No matter what happens to us here on earth, we have a home waiting for us in the perfection and happiness of heaven because of Jesus (John 3:16).

So how should we react as Christians living in this country? We should be concerned. We should be wise. We should be cautious. But we need not worry.

If you have a chance this week, read Matthew 6:25-34.

Worry doesn’t help. Panic makes everything worse. Besides, God’s got you.

So be smart in the upcoming weeks and months. Take the necessary precautions. Buy some hand sanitizer. But then trust.

God is still in control.

  10 comments for “A Christian Response to Pandemic

  1. Kenneth McElveen
    March 2, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Thank God, for being in control. Only God, Only the One God, God Almighty.

  2. March 2, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Why do people worry or panic? We will all survive as God has our lives in His will and in His control. Either we will remain alive here on earth or we will be alive forever in heaven. There are many things that can happen to each of us – cancer, a car accident, a fatal fall on level ground, a heart attack. Nothing that happens will happen without the will of God. Pray for His will to be done and it will be.

    • schroera
      March 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Rachel. I agree.

      • Hope Wood
        March 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm

        Beautiful written! Pastor!

        • schroera
          March 12, 2020 at 10:10 pm

          Thanks, Hope!

  3. Ron Semro
    March 3, 2020 at 1:35 am

    We can to turn to the Lord in every trouble. As we seek to find a remedy for this flu, let us give thanks that He has provided the ultimate remedy in the precious blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks for your timely message.

  4. Sharon Louise Waterstradt
    March 15, 2020 at 11:05 am

    When I get anxious over this, I have COPD, I go to my “God’s Yellow Pages” and read through the Bible passages and they comfort me. I’m so glad you, Pastor, and other Christians are writing like this instead of all the worry that I’ve been reading – and deleting.

    • schroera
      March 15, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Sharon. May God continue to give you peace even in the middle of the storm.

  5. Jane Krueger
    March 16, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you for your wise words.
    Are you the RH who used to direct the Hand Bell Choir at St. Lucas, in Milwaukee?

    • schroera
      March 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Jane. And, no, I did not direct the hand bell choir at St. Lucas. But I have heard and enjoyed their playing 🙂

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