Sad news out of Israel, as the first coronavirus death claimed the life of a Holocaust survivor last night. (Read the story here.)
Meanwhile, an unrelated account of a 31-year-old nurse recovering from COVID-19 is circulating on social media. In his account, he describes the horror of not being able to breath, and staring death in the eye on a couple occasions. I cannot verify the authenticity of that story, so I will not publish it.
These two stories caused me to ponder, and two important points come to mind:
- Our older population is at risk, and it seems men are more susceptible than women. Please care for your friends and family who are older any may have underlying heath conditions. Help them understand the need to stay home.
- Our younger population may be at greater risk than first thought, so it is wise to take precautions such as avoiding crowds, washing hands, and refraining from touching eyes, nose and mouth.
The message here is not one of panic, but of exhortation for us all to act wisely. As we learn more and more about COVID-19, the experts now indicate the real danger is that many people are walking around with the virus, but don’t even know it. When I see Florida beaches jam-packed with young people, I am concerned about the spread, not only among themselves, but to hundreds of other people with whom they will cross paths. The combination of a healthy young person who believes he is invincible and an older adult who may be susceptible is a bad combination.
Our leaders have asked us to self-isolate, and in some places staying at home is mandatory. Though we may not like it, and perhaps do not even agree with it, it seems a selfish act if, out of rebellion, we end up exposing others. Don’t be the one who infects another!
There is a Godly balance to strike in all this! As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we do not have to panic or be afraid. We know how the story ends. Our God is faithful to protect us as He sees fit, yet promises eternal life with Him when we die. Thus, to live is Christ and to die is gain! (Philippians 1:21) These earth suits we live in are not designed to last forever, so His protection may be a rescue from our earth suit!
However, that does not give us license to put others at risk. Be wise and act out of love, while at the same time resting in the truth of God’s Word that we are victorious through Christ!
Please pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. Pray for wisdom of world leaders, and for skill and courage for medical professionals who are putting their own lives on the line to treat those who are infected. Also, pray that Christians will rise up in the midst of this crisis and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
PS: For more information about the coronavirus from a Biblical perspective, as well as encouragement in how to navigate these challenging times, be sure to check out Study Guide #5 in our VISION 2020 series.