I will warn you before you read this blog post that this isn’t your typical Christian response.
Over the past couple of weeks, our lives have been changed by the spread of the Coronavirus. After initial denial, the Government is now scrambling to deal with the crisis. The public is panicking and stores are being emptied of essential items.
There is no sense of confidence right now. I don’t think any of us have seen something like this before.
Last Sunday was supposedly a National Day of Prayer. I don’t have anything against prayer but I wonder about how effective this is against a worldwide pandemic. I heard some people on the radio talking about how the sermon of a televangelist who preached a “beautiful” sermon about how we should choose faith over fear.
That sounds good doesn’t it? But how realistic is that? I don’t mean to be critical but having lived a Pentecostal upbringing, I am very familiar with religious hype and pie-in-the-sky claims about what God can do. I have heard numerous preachers make claims about faith and work up the emotions of crowds yet in reality they offer cute catch phrases that people latch onto.
Choosing faith over fear is one of those often used catch phrases.
Let me assure you that choosing faith over fear isn’t going to guarantee that you or your family won’t catch the Coronavirus. Some preachers will make you believe that if you “trust in Jesus” and if you “have enough faith” that you won’t get sick.
Don’t fall for those snake oil promises. Instead, choose faith but understand that you may still get sick or face hardship. Having faith in God doesn’t mean you will won’t be affected. Actually, it may open you up more. The Book of Job is a good example of that. Having faith doesn’t mean you won’t face some serious problems and trials. Having faith means you trust in God regardless of what happens to you. It isn’t a heavenly insurance policy against the Coronavirus.
Listen, I have heard all the cute religious cliches and pep rallies about faith. I’m just telling you as one who has experienced this. Troubles will affect you whether you have faith or not. Having faith doesn’t protect you but faith is the strength you have during adversity. Don’t let anyone skew the meaning of faith for you.
I have faith but I’m still washing my hands and taking all the precautions to protect against catching the virus. Faith doesn’t mean to ignore common sense.
Look, I believe in God and I’m not against prayer or faith. I have faith but I am also prepared to have faith even if I get sick. Yes, I am choosing faith over fear but I’m still going to wash my hands.