FAITH OVER FEAR, PEACE OVER PANIC
FAITH OVER FEAR, PEACE OVER PANIC - MY RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
JAKE STIMPSON | CORONAVIRUS | FEAR | PANIC | PANDEMIC | CHURCH HISTORY | DISEASE | HEALING THE SICK
With widespread panic and fear around the coronavirus, how should we respond? Jesus gave us a clue in Matthew 8, when he was approached by a man who had leprosy, a highly infectious disease feared in the ancient world. For the safety of the community, lepers were expected to live alone outside the city, wear tattered clothes and style their hair to discourage visitors, and shout a warning when people came too close. What did Jesus do? He extended his hand, touched the man, and healed him. Whether this is just another fad virus or a plague of Biblical proportions, we must not run away or close ourselves off in fear or panic. We must not cave to the pressure around us. Instead, we must respond to this crisis in faith and peace and be ready to minister to those in need.