A Christ-Centered Approach to Coronavirus
I’ll admit – all of this coronavirus/covid-19 stuff has me bouncing between angry, sad, and depressed. It is ridiculously embarrassing to me that this is our response as a society to something like this. I thought we were better than this.
I will not go down the “rabbit hole” of a rant here, so don’t worry. I wanted to share a more positive perspective perhaps on how to respond to all of this. I’m calling it Christ-centered as I am a Christian. You can call it whatever you’d like – doesn’t matter to me. Maybe Disney-centered works better for you – that’s fine.
NOTE: These points are not in any sort of order of priority, so please don’t interpret them that way.
God is in Control
You don’t have to like it – sometimes I do not. But God is ultimately in control here. I have no clue what His plan is – nobody does. But I do know that He has one and like it or not, I need to just roll with it.
(Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)
Keep that in mind as you watch, listen, and hear all the noise around you. Find comfort in knowing that truly He is in control – this is not chaos, as much as that would seem.
And act like God is in control – do not fall for the lure of chaos and panic. That does not serve Him or your fellow man.
Keeping it real (as the kids like to say) here for a minute, do you think that hoarding any resource, especially toilet paper, is being a good steward of God’s resources? We need to be good stewards of His resources and use them as you think He would see fit. We should not be hoarders of any of His resources, be it money, food, water, clothing, and especially toilet paper.
If your basement has 74 cases of water in it, do you think maybe there are others with none? Is that very Christ-like? And yes, I’m laying some guilt down here, but for good reason. If you are taking more than you truly need, are you not coveting (aka – stealing) from someone else who does or will actually need?
(Luke 12:15 – ‘And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” ‘
Which brings me to my next point…
Help Those in Need
We all know, even non-Christians, that Jesus made it a point to help those in need all day, every day. That was kind of His “thing”, if I’m not mistaken.
Matthew 25:35-40:“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to those in need. Everything that is canceled, postponed, rescheduled, or otherwise affected has an impact on a great many people. Airline employees, rideshare/taxi drivers, restaurants, anyone working in or around the facilities where events are canceled, employees of companies whose orders were just canceled … the list goes on.
Sure, I miss watching my sports, especially with baseball season being so close to officially starting. But that is just a selfish aspect admittedly. The impact is a lot bigger than just me and my beloved Cubbies.
My suggestion here is simple: take a step back from whatever it is that was canceled that you find frustrating. Think about who that really impacted. Follow the mental (maybe emotional) “rabbit hole” of everyone impacted.
What is God calling you to do to help them?
Community is Key
In troubled times we need to stay strong as a community and support each other in whatever way is needed. Just being practical about it, a few thoughts/suggestions:
- Pick up that crazy device called a phone and actually use the “phone” feature that I’m pretty sure still exists. Call the people in your family, community group, neighbors, etc. Just say Hello and see if they need anything.
- If the phone part is too scary for you, maybe a FaceTime or other video feature would be more fun? If “live” video is still scary, then maybe record something funny or uplifting and share that? If that doesn’t work, just take a picture of your pet and share it – everyone loves pet pictures. If you don’t have a pet, find a cute one on the internet and share it.
- Share a positive or uplifting message, sermon, story, quote, etc. Email it, post it, text it – whatever works for you.
- Download the YouVersion bible app (or website) and start a reading plan with some friends. There are many, many plans out there and you can all comment on them along the way. And it’s free!
- Stop posting or sharing anything that fuels the panic and insanity that some people are responding to. Doing that just fuels the fire that our media keeps trying to build up for selfish reasons.
- That said, you should feel free to share factual and helpful information about the current situation. Just make sure it’s truly accurate and not “since it’s on the internet it must be true”. LOL!
I’ll wrap up my longer-than-planned post with this:
Yes, it does. I didn’t used to think so, but have been proven wrong time and time again. There are so many things to pray for with this current situation – just pick one and pray about it. It doesn’t have to be a long, elaborate, MLK-like speech – God doesn’t care. Prayer is just a conversation with God – simple is that. So just talk to God – tell him what’s on your mind and ask him to help those in need.
If you can’t think of anything to pray about, then just pray for sanity, strength, peace, and comfort to any and all impacted by this.
And if that doesn’t work for you, then pray that I don’t stuff my head through the drywall after listening to the morons on the news. (ooops, there goes the rant part) LOL!
Now if I were a super-famous motivational speaker, author, or something I would have created some acronym to remember these things by. But since my acronym now looks like this: GSHCP. So … looks like I have some work to do before I hit the speaking circuit.
Have a great day folks – God bless!