It was only a matter of time.
The dark forces of the world would find some obtuse way to blame the current COVID-19 crisis on evangelical Christians. The New York Times did not disappoint.
There are certainly some Christians who flaunt the current social distancing missives just as there are non-Christians who do the same. However, it is reckless and slanderous to indiscriminately lump and label all Christians as dangerous, non-science fanatics. No surprise. These are the same pundits who deliberately quote Bible verses out of context to prove their contention that Christians are misogynistic and narrow-minded bigots. They ignore the millions of Christian scientists and physicians who integrate their faith with their science.
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, prophetically stated this would happen. When He spoke to His disciples, He ominously described what would happen in the end times.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
Matthew 24:9 (ESV)
There have always been enemies of the Gospel who have used Christians as scapegoats for the travails of this world and life. They are seeking solutions by placing the blame upon others. What is the Christian believer’s response? For the past five years, I have written these blogs to show the Bible is relevant to the issues that confront everyone and the world, including the current COVID-19 crisis. Yet, even if I point out the inherent contradictions of political correctness, public shaming, and misreading of the Bible, there is only one Truth that matters.
We are all infected with a disease far more dangerous than any virus or microbe. We are infected with sin which has separated mankind from God’s complete love. We chose to disobey God when He offered eternal life and no suffering in His continual presence and fellowship. The only way we can restore this perfect relationship is to find the cure. It is not by blaming someone else nor is it by trying harder by our own efforts. It is only by confessing and repenting of our sinful nature and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Through the work as physicians, first responders, and all professions, Christian believers must labor to bring salt and light to a fallen world through the love, grace, and mercy through faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.