As you are all aware, there has been much concern expressed in our state, country, and around the world about the spread of coronavirus. It is our hope that as you seek to be informed and responsible in your response to this situation that you will keep some important biblical principles in mind.
First, this virus is yet another reminder of the reality of the fall. Because of sin, the whole of creation has become corrupted and this has affected everything, all the way down to micro-organisms. In our broken world, we long for the return of Jesus Christ who will make all things new.
Second, any time people are reminded of the hard truths of mortality and their inability to control the world around them, there is an opportunity to share the glorious truths of the Gospel: God is in control; the world is not as it should be due to sin; sin affects each one of us and has separated us from God; those who turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins shall have their relationship to God restored and shall inherit eternal life with Him. No matter what earthly sickness may appear, we can have our souls healed by the Great Physician.
Third, as Christians, we are called to walk not by fear but by faith. God is in control, and He who created the universe and upholds all things by His powerful Word is still on His throne.
Armed with these precious truths, Christians can demonstrate the calm, peace, and hope that is ours in Christ to those around us. Regardless of what the coming days bring, let us show others why we have hope – and let’s be quick to share the source of our hope with others.
Throughout history, Christians have stood out during times of “hardship and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword” because they were willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus, ministering to the sick and needy. As the opportunity arises, please be in prayer about how God would have you serve those in our community who are negatively impacted.
Does all of this mean that we push on carelessly? Not at all. Coronavirus has the potential to become quite serious. As a church, we will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how best to respond as things develop.
As Christians, we do not operate out of fear but out of faith and love. To that end, there are a number of measures we can implement as a church to care for the more vulnerable in our congregation and in our community.
We greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we seek to do what we can to love others well during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the elders if you have questions or are in need of assistance.