Dear Christian, When The Pandemic Hits, This Is Our Time

Dear Christian,

I’m guessing you’re starting to feel a little nervous.

The Coronavirus situation seems to be escalating day by day.

Yes, people are still in good spirits – and even making light of the situation (as seen by trending hashtags such as #ToiletPaperApocalypse). But having increasing numbers of empty rows at supermarket shelves is getting a little unnerving.

And so, we’re wondering: how bad is this crisis going to get? Is our society going to pull together, and get through it together? Or is the panic buying a sign of things to come?

Will we be praising the bravery of our medical staff, like we praised the RFS during the bushfire crisis? Or will many of the hospital staff go AWOL if the crisis picks up, like they did in the Matt Damon movie Contagion?

How bad will this crisis be?

The truth is, we don’t know for sure.

And so as a society, we’re increasingly anxious. Anxious for our loved ones. Anxious for ourselves. It’s a time of fear.

But whatever happens, dear Christian, know this: this is our time. God has raised us up for such a time as this. It’s no accident you’re here.

This is our time to think not about ourselves, but about our neighbours. Many of whom are scared, and will only grow more so as the virus spreads.

This is our time to hold out the Word of Life to those those around us – and give hope to those who are afraid, and are wondering what’s going to happen.

This is our time to trust our God no matter what the future brings. For, unlike our secular neighbours, we know where our hope lies. We know where our security lies. We know where our future lies.

It’s with the one who conquered sickness: who touched the lepers and healed them with a word. It’s with the one who conquered death – who said to Lazarus ‘come out!’. It’s with the one who defeated death – not just for a time – but forever.

It’s with the One who will return to resurrect this world and the bodies of all who trust in Him.

So let’s not be afraid. Let’s not give way to panic.
Instead, let’s serve those around us who are filled with fear.

If this pandemic hits our shores in all its fury, let’s be ready to give our energy, our time, and ourselves to serve those who don’t yet know Him.

Let’s be ready to share His love, and His Gospel of Life.

This is our time.
Let’s use it well.

___

Originally published at AkosBalogh.com
Photo via pablo.com

By |2020-03-12T16:32:17+11:00March 17th, 2020|Australia, Authors, Faith, Safety & Security, World|6 Comments

About the Author:

Akos Balogh is the CEO of The Gospel Coalition Australia. He is married to Sarah, with three children. Akos was born in Budapest, and was blessed to be able to come to Australia as a refugee in 1981. He came to faith in late high school, through the influence of friends, family, and school Scripture. He went on to study Aerospace Engineering at UNSW, before working in the RAAF for five years. After completing his B. Div. from Moore Theological college, he then had the joy of serving with AFES for six years, at Southern Cross University in Lismore. Akos serves an elder at Southern Cross Presbyterian Church, also in Lismore, and blogs weekly at akosbalogh.com. You can reach him on twitter via @akosbaloghcom.

6 Comments

  1. warwick Marsh March 17, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Truer words were never spoken!

  2. warwick Marsh March 17, 2020 at 10:53 am - Reply
  3. Wendy Jenkins March 17, 2020 at 11:32 am - Reply

    ” the joy of the Lord is our stength”

  4. Cathy Burke March 19, 2020 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Great article. Thank you…. ‘This is our time’.

  5. […] is where the Church must stand in the gap! I have a conviction that it is the time for the Church of Jesus Christ in this nation to stand united in prayer until we see this pandemic […]

  6. […] the protection of Psalm 91 over ourselves, our family, Australia and the nations. It is intended for Christians, but stand in […]

Leave A Comment

seven − five =