Yes, we are experiencing a pandemic and social isolation is not fun. But how you handle it determines the end results
Most people’s instant reaction to the coronavirus-19 is panic. Store shelves are empty or bare because people are stocking up- afraid that they won’t have enough supplies to last until the virus disappears.
Mainstream media has been feeding this anxiety-driven paranoia. Coronavirus has been labeled a pandemic- in our country, not overseas. A pandemic, by definition, is “occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population” (Merriam-Webster)
While coronavirus-19 is affecting a large part of the population overseas, can we truly call it a pandemic here? Especially if we are taking measures to contain an outbreak that would prevent it from being a pandemic by definition in the first place?
Run the numbers in North America:
Canada: Canada is at 479, and its total population is 37,647,248. The percentage of infected people is less than 1%. Canada has 12.7 cases per million people.
Doesn’t really fit the at home pandemic description, now does it? Also, how does low-risk and pandemic belong in the same sentence?
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to contain the coronavirus. If we don’t, we may end up like many countries overseas reporting fatal totals of people infected and dying. Social isolation appears to be the most responsible thing that we can do to prevent the spreading of this virus. My opposition is what I see going on.
People Living in fear/anxiety
God has not given us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). So what are we afraid of? The numbers are low. Most countries are taking the necessary precautions to contain the coronavirus, and the countries where the outbreak occurred are reporting either a flattening or a downward trend in reported cases.
What can worrying accomplish? Absolutely nothing!
I’m not saying that you should exercise poor judgment, and not take any precautions. But what I am saying is, why are we worried?
The reality is that God is our protector and our healer. Doesn’t scripture tell us that we could trample over serpents and scorpions, and nothing will harm you? We have been given power over the enemy (Luke 10:19). Mark 16:18 tells us that even if we pick up snakes with our hands, and drink any deadly poison, nothing will harm us. (But please don’t go out testing this theory!).
The scriptures mean that if these things occur by accident or without our knowledge, that God will either heal us, or no harm will come to us. We are protected.
Additionally, God is our provider. (Deuteronomy 2:7, Matthew 6:31-33, Phillipians 4:19). So, armed with this knowledge, why are people hoarding excessive amounts of food? Do we not trust in God to give us our daily bread?
Furthermore, whatever happened to loving your neighbor? Hoarding food isn’t very loving as it may deprive your neighbor, your friend, your relative from receiving the nutrition that they need to survive. Have we thought of someone else other than ourselves?
While there are no food shortages, presently, there will be if people don’t use common sense.
The bigger question
The bigger question is, would God be happy with your actions? Scripture teaches us to love our neighbor- not to be fearful that they may cough on us and make us sick. So, what happens if your neighbor runs out of food because too many people are stockpiling out of fear? Will you share just like Jesus would?
Furthermore, if you really want to stop this virus, isolation isn’t enough. If you want to dispel fear in your house, get rid of anxiety, have a feeling of power over the situation, then why aren’t you praying? And not only over yourself and your family but over your nation as a whole? What about the healthcare professionals who are battling on the front lines? What about the scientists and doctors that are searching for a cure? Who is covering them?
Your Most Powerful weapon is right here
For those infected:
- “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
- “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15
- “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
- “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” Jeremiah 30:17
For Those Who Are Well:
- “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
- “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:11
- “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1
- “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
- Psalm 121
In addition, pray over your leaders that they make wise decisions. Pray over the scientists and doctors that they develop a vaccine. Pray that God guides their hands, and the hands of those treating those that have been affected.
Pray that the virus slows down, and that things return to normal. Pray that people walk in divine health and healing. Take an opportunity to witness to someone. People are scared- many of them do not know Jesus, but need to in a time such as this.
Take time to enjoy time with your family. The busyness of life often prevents us from doing so. Life goes by too quickly not to take in those small moments in time. So make them memorable.
Help/show the love of Christ to your neighbor. You may never know the impact that you could have had if you chose not to. We all want to feel loved- this is a universal truth. Why not share the love of Jesus?
So, at the end of the day, did you make an impact? Did you pray, because God is mightier than this virus could ever be? Did you use your voice, your best weapon of spiritual warfare against the attack of the enemy? Or did you fall victim to hysteria?
The outcome of the coronavirus is in your hands. Why not do everything possible to restore normality… AHEAD of schedule? The choice is yours.