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CLARITY – 2-7-20 Apology a Little Late


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-7-20

Apology a Little Late

What’s Happening: “No doubt a tragedy – another in a long line of them – it was announced earlier today that Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, had passed away from the coronavirus, a virus he had been warned by the Chinese government to downplay. After assuring the World Health Organization (WHO) of full disclosure, it was tallied that the deaths on mainland China had risen to 637, with 31,211 cases in all (there have been reported an additional 320 cases in 27 countries worldwide). Are there as many deaths as the famous SARS virus? Not yet…but it’s early. A news organ of the government is talking about an apology to Dr. Li..a little late for that ( Quoting from the Reuter’s article: ‘Wuhan indeed owes Li Wenliang an apology,’ Hu Xijin, editor of the government-backed Global Times tabloid, said on social media. ‘Wuhan and Hubei officials also owe a solemn apology to the people of Hubei and this country’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No big deal. This has happened before with SARS, Azika, West-Nile, etc….and will probably happen again.”

Biblical Response:  “You left out the Asian Flu, HIV/AIDS, and the Black Death of the 14th Century. Still, like politics, all tragedy is local. We need to grieve for Dr. Li’s family (Rom. 12:15). Actions have consequences. Perhaps if Adam and Eve had seen this then, they might not have listened to the serpent (read Gen. 3).

We live in a fallen world. Researchers and doctors may alleviate our situation…and we should thank God for them…but they can only treat…while God can heal. Why doesn’t He do so in every circumstance? That’s a question I’ll ask Him when I see Him. Of course, one look at His face and all my questions may melt away.” 

 “Christians? Oh, we believe in healing. We also believe in a sovereign God Who does as He pleases. Does He always have our best interests at heart? Have you read Rom. 8:28 lately?”

“‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those  who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ (NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us hearts of compassion for our brothers and sisters in China and for Dr. Li’s family; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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