Fighting fear with faith and facts
COVID19. A.k.a. the corona virus. There, I said it. Of course everyone’s saying it. And there’s widespread panic, even fear. What does a community of faithful Jesus followers do in a situation like this?
Since Jesus seems to be pretty much against fear in general, I think it’s safe to say we reject fear, and respond with faith and with facts.
First, the faith. Like everything else we encounter, this is no surprise to God. Nor is it too big for God. Our faith is in a God who is still sitting on his throne despite diseases, despots, dictators and disasters. Jesus famously said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” We never know what tomorrow (or even today) will bring, but we absolutely know that God will be there with us. We are not guaranteed a certain number of days or years, but we are guaranteed life with God thru Jesus Christ, both here and hereafter. As one writer of Scripture put it, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Where’s your confidence?
Second, the facts. You don’t have to look far to find them, although they may be buried under several screens of opinions. Up to date info can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Locally, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is providing up to date info at their website.
To date this is the best advice on how to go about your life in light of what we know about COVID19:
- Wash hands frequently and effectively; that means for 20 seconds (see illustration below). 20 seconds is the amount of time required to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Stay home when sick.
- Call for medical care in advance to going into any doctor’s office or hospital.
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing (using a tissue or elbow instead of hands).
- Become comfortable touching elbows instead of shaking hands.
Facts and faith instead of fear. That’s how we’re called to live. And unless you’re sick, we look forward to seeing you at Seneca Creek very soon.