How Christians Can Respond to Coronavirus

Light is brightest in the darkness.

Salt stands out only when a dish is flavourless.

Peace is profound in a an atmosphere of panic.

Coronavirus has sent the world into chaos. Supermarkets are being stripped bare, financial markets are crashing, nations are shutting their borders, over 100,000 have been infected and over 3,000 have died.

The only thing more viral than Coronavirus is the fear around it.

Panic is bringing out the worst in a lot of people, and fear is in the air.

So how should a Christian respond?

We really have two options: Fear or Faith?

The way of God or the way of the world?

I believe that Coronavirus is one of the Church’s greatest opportunities given to us, to present Jesus, in modern times.

Coronavirus is now on every continent on earth, aside from Antarctica, and with that fear has gone global.

Jesus was called the Prince of Peace. He stepped into a climate of fear, and His message of peace with God and people soon went global!

We have an opportunity right now to be the hands and feet and voice of Jesus to a world that is desperate for peace, desperate for hope, desperate for healing.

The Bible says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18)

God is perfect love. It’s time to share our amazing God with the world around us.

During a recent trip to the local grocery store, my friend and I, in just under an hour had over 15 conversations with people about Jesus. We were able to pray for people, sow seeds, and encourage believers.

We had store attendants surrounding us in thankfulness for the fact that we would see them and encourage them, rather than swear at them because supplies are so low or have run out!

What if Christians in this time saw this as an opportunity for the Gospel, not just an inconvenience to our normal life?

What if, as we interact with people online and in person, we said, “Jesus loves you?” “Can I pray for you?” “Do you need peace? Jesus is the Prince of Peace, can I pray for you?”

What if instead of withdrawing in this time, becoming protectionists and selfish, we leaned into the needs of our neighbourhoods in this time?

We must receive the peace of God. Share the peace of God, and Pray for Healing.

I encourage you to watch this sermon I preached on Sunday on how we can respond to coronavirus.

As a result of this sermon we have had testimony after testimony of staff in tears, in thankfulness, and being witnessed to because of the kindness of those in the Church. I invite you to join us being light and hope in this time.

I’m cheering you on as you step into His harvest field and meet fear with His peace.

[Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels]

By |2020-03-17T19:22:49+11:00March 14th, 2020|Authors, Faith, Safety & Security, World|12 Comments

About the Author:

Andrew Scarborough serves as an Evangelist and Revivalist and a Life and Leadership Coach. Andrew has ministered in over 15 different nations from Indonesia to America, Germany to Mozambique. Andrew holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been in ministry for over 10 years, serving alongside ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Awakening Australia, Iris Global and almost every major church denomination and movement, from Brethren to Baptist to Pentecostal.

Andrew currently serves as the National Ministry Director for Youth For Christ Australia, and is the founder of Awaken the Valley, a ministry aimed at reaching the lost and reviving the found for Jesus. Andrew also serves the Canberra Declaration and the National Day of Prayer and Fasting and has a passion for Christ to be central in our nation. He is also the author of two books, "Hater to Healer", and "Where Rivers Flow". Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Joyce for 9 years, and they have three children, Sean, Abigail and Evan.

He blogs at The Scarboroughs and can be found on Instagram.

12 Comments

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  2. Mrs. Isabel M. Ogg April 3, 2020 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Oh how I am with you Andrew! Two verses of scripture rose up in me about two weeks ago. The first Psalm 68 – first two verses. “Let God arise! His enemies be scattered” I felt the Lord remind me that He is IN us! and we are to let Him arise
    from within. He is so with us, around us, but also IN us. Let Him arise from within. And the other scripture was the one
    you have blogged. “There is no fear in love….” 1John 4:18). I shared it at a Tabernacle of David Praise & Worship meeting
    trembling all the while going up to the microphone, but felt it was right. Yes, yes, yes, it really is time for Christians to take
    advantage of these times and lovingly share with each and everyone we can. Bless you and your family, stay safe, and
    thanks for being you, the unique person you are in Him. Mrs. Isabel M. Ogg

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