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CLARITY – 2-21-20 Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-20

Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update

What’s Happening: “As of today (Friday – 2-21-20), there over 76,000 globally that have tested positive for coronavirus and over 2,200 that have died. There are cases in more countries than there were last week (the virus continues to spread – deaths are nearly three times the SARS pandemic which rattled the world in 2003). Report of a huge influx of cases in Chinese prisons, South Korea, and Japan (especially on cruise ships) seem to show the virus radiating from its epicenter in Hubei Province in China. Fear seems to control some as Ukrainian officials detained 24 objecting to forced quarantines ( On a positive note (at least in America), quoting the article by Todd Miyazawa: ‘The Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. Currently, there is no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County and risk remains low.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should we all be wearing masks?”

Biblical Response:  “No, Chicken Little, but a little investment in companies that manufacture masks might be profitable. Seriously, it may not be ethical to profit from the fears of others, though the proper respect ought to be shown to health workers (and the disease they are fighting).”

“The scripture says that “fear has torment” (1 John 4:18)…and it’s easy to let fear get the best of us. Realizing we are in the hands of a merciful God is helpful (Ps. 116:5; 2 Chr. 30:9). Still, proper respect should be shown. Likely, this is more evidence we live in a fallen world (Gen. 3).”

“Christians? We believe God is bigger than any virus. This is not to say that death is not tragic, or that those stricken with this (or any disease) are more wicked, but life is short. Opportunities for repentance are finite. Sure, God may “work all things together for good” (Rom. 8:28), but we certainly don’t have the wisdom to determine what that is. We need to pray and submit to God’s will.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to weep with those that weep (Rom. 12:15), fight the paralysis of fear, pray for the sick…and leave the final outcome to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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