Responding to the Coronavirus



This past weekend, the dam finally broke on the Coronavirus here in the Bahamas, and we were flooded with frightening news. That which seemed distant descended on our doorstep. The Ministry of Health on Sunday afternoon announced the first positive COVID 19 case in the country and by Thursday two additional cases were identified.
Our government has declared a National Emergency, giving our Prime Minister extra-ordinary powers.
Our neighbor to the North, the United States, has also declared a national emergency due to the increased number of cases and the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus an official global pandemic.

Concerts, conventions, sporting events, schools, and yes even som churches have announced that they are canceling events during this crisis. This is unprecedented in our lifetime.

Health officials continue to offer common sense steps to contain, reduce, and prevent new infections of the Coronavirus. But what should be our spiritual response to this pandemic? How can our hope in Christ remain firm in our faith as we walk through this dark valley? How should believers respond to this virus?
1. God isn’t surprised by a world pandemic. He’s not surprised by this shift in how we may have to do church.

We already know in advance that this virus will not last. It’s a valley that we will walk through, and we’re going to walk through it together. To live with hope in the middle of a crisis like the Coronavirus, you have to change your focus, shift your perspective, and live in light of eternity. In the Bible, Revelation 21:4 says “Then God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, and no more mourning, and no more crying, and no more pain, for the old order of things will pass away.” This is not the end of the story.

“Crisis provides an opportunity for caring, not fearing. While its a time to be concern its nit a time to worry…..Why? because we have a Daddy who cares!” Tony Evans, the Urban Alternative.


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