I need to begin this post with a disclaimer. I fully believe in the power of prayer, I believe that God still performs miracles, and I believe that God is sovereign. That being said, I feel the need to address something I have been seeing pop up on my social media feeds as of late.
Being a Christian does not mean I will not get infected by COVID-19 and I think we need to stop telling people that it does. Posting memes about being covered by the blood of Jesus or sharing verses about how God heals all of our wounds run the risk of alienating the very people we wish to encourage. Christians will get sick from this virus, and Christians will die from this virus.
It is important to remember that God is a loving and caring God all the time. His love does not change because He does not change, and God is love. God being love does not mean that bad things are not going to happen to good people. In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, in the section about loving our enemies, Jesus says, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45 emphasis mine) It is my opinion that in being the chosen/adoptive sons of God, we have assumed that we are also exempt from suffering. Jesus’ words directly contradict that assumption. Bad things happen to non-Christians and Christians. Good things happen to non-Christians and Christians. We are all in this together and by insinuating that this is not the case, we offer condemnation to the suffering person for not being a “good enough” Christian. As in, “if you just had more faith you wouldn’t be sick.” (To those of us that struggle with our mental health…sound familiar?)
I fully believe that God offers supernatural protection for us to do His will in this world. Reading through scripture we see instance after instance of people being protected, Daniel in the lion’s den, Noah and the Ark, and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea are all examples of God’s protection. Remember in this, God is doing His will; God was not doing our will, as if we can dictate what God is going to do. Having faith is not the same thing as being reckless. If someone feels called by God to do something that seems reckless that is fine with me. I’ve truly been inspired by the people who have followed the prompting of God to step into a situation in which they literally were risking their lives, or flat out laying them down, knowing they would not survive. Using faith as a reason to avoid taking the necessary steps to protect life as suggested by the CDC is not walking in faith; it is disrespecting the lives of people who are created in the image of God. God’s word tells us not to be afraid, but it also tells us to be wise.
Keep in mind that just because something is written in the Bible doesn’t mean that we have a license to do whatever we want as long as we are quoting a verse while we do it.
For instance: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Because I have Christ in my heart and my security is in Him does not mean I can sprout wings and fly over traffic during rush hour. If God wanted me to do that, cool, let’s do it. When I place that verse in context I instead see that I can: Learn to be content. Learn to live with a lot. Learn to live with little. I can be hungry and be ok. I can be full and be ok. No matter what I am going through I know that God is with me and He will be glorified even if I don’t see it at the time. And it is because God is in control that I can learn to be at peace. Yet even then, notice the word “learn”, as in, it’s a process; it’s something we work through.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane right before he was arrested and crucified, he was so stressed by what was going on, he sweats blood, a condition called hematohidrosis brought on by extreme stress. If someone who was fully man yet fully GOD could experience this kind of stress, why would we expect that our lives are not going to experience struggle, suffering, and death?
I don’t want to live in fear but please don’t tell me I am somehow a poor Christian because I have fear. Instead, tell me that God is with me when I am watching the news. Tell me that God is with me when my finances fall apart. Tell me that God is with me when I or a loved one are laying in an ICU. Remind me that Jesus wept too. And while in this life we will have struggles, we can take heart because Jesus beat death (John 16:33) and will one day make all things new. (Revelation 21)
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