The Panic of the Pandemic
It seems that everywhere you turn, every media outlet seems to continually broadcast the gravity of the Corona virus or COVID-19. Amazingly, it takes the fear of a pandemic to convince everyone to wash their hands. Ironically, this is something we should have mastered as children.
We are witnessing an unprecedented sociological event. If you recall, the aftermath of 911 resulted in significant changes to our lifestyle. Life in America was never the same after that day and will never be the same whenever this event has ended. For example, we expect security at the airport, entering various venues, and we constantly told if we see something same something. Now we see cancellation of major sporting events and cities prohibiting large crowds from gathering.
We are seeing people re-frame from large gatherings including church services We could soon end up being captives in our own homes for weeks. No more hugs, kisses, handshakes or even the infamous high fives are soon to be things of the past. These have been replaced by fist bumps and head nods. We are witnessing a new norm.
I have my own beliefs regarding the origins of the virus. Some are even quoting that this is a weaponized form of germ warfare that somehow escaped the laboratory environment. We don’t realize the economic impact yet given there are so many products that come from China.
While we are praying and trusting God for his divine protection during this time it’s imperative that we take preventative measures given we are in the flesh. Lysol, Clorox and other cleaners are flying off the sleeves. It was okay until there was a run on toilet paper. I returned to the store today to find there was no toilet paper or beer (I don’t drink beer). I find it hard to see any relation between a respiratory virus and these items.
There have been multiple trading stops on Wall Street and the panic of a pandemic can be actually worse than the virus itself. We see the volatility of the markets with this situation. Literally trillions of dollars in value are being loss at the fear of what this virus can do. Once again, the panic can be worse that the pandemic.
What do we do as believers? Don’t succumb to the panic of the pandemic. “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” trust in the Lord (not CNN or Fox News) and lean not to your understanding. I believe this scare can lead to a significant move of God. We are seeing and witnessing the slow degradation of our freedoms I believe it is leading to a move of God.
If you are not able to attend your church or services are reduced, support your religious organizations through online giving. The work of the gospel must continue, and your funds are needed to sustain the church. Many of you know me from my knowledge and experience of teaching eschatology or the study of the Last Days. Do I believe we are in the last days? Absolutely!
2 Timothy 3:1 Context
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Jesus said let not your heart be troubled. Moreover, the Word of God implies that we be steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord for you know your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Just as a dog’s bark can be louder than its’ bite, the panic of a pandemic can magnify your lack of faith. Remember, God is in control.
This is the Voice of the Overseer