How To Be Strong In a Country Ruled By Fear

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Today, one word dominates the news- Coronavirus. As I write this, my little brother and best friend Noah is on a plane back to the USA for a family wedding. Already, he has told me that over 70% of all passengers, workers, pilots, stewardesses, and all other people found in an airport are wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Racism, in ways we could never have foreseen, is on the rise. Asians are commonly being prejudiced against simply because of their race, along with the fact that the virus originated in (and has stayed focused on) China.

The Coronavirus has brought more than a deadly disease- it has brought fear. From Buddhists to Atheists, Christians to Mormons, every single religion has harbingers and doomsdayers writing dozens of posts or articles declaring the end of time. Fear has entered the heart of almost every person within a four-hundred mile radius of the disease and its carriers.

People are terrified of this virus. In some ways, the terror has spread even further than the horror inspired by Ebola. Ebola, at least, was curable (and would eventually receive a cure). Being a virus, the coronavirus can’t be cured. . . it can only be immunized against. At this point, the only thing that can cure it would be to constantly quarantine those hit and hope that a vaccine is developed soon.

The fear caused by this virus has taken ahold of the United States. People are buying food in bulk, the Chinese stock market is crashing, airline prices are dirt cheap, flights are being canceled altogether, and face masks to guard against germs have long since been bought from Amazon.

We, as Christians, are called to be peacemakers in a time of crisis. While others hide in their homes, we are called to be brave and fearless, protected by the Lord and thus spreading His name. Believers, let’s rise and be strong witnesses in this time of darkness. There’s no need to be afraid! Christ is in control (see Romans 8:28), He has a plan, and it is good.

Christ is in control (see Romans 8:28), He has a plan, and it is good.

Finally, we are also called to pray. Pray for Asia, that the terrible virus rampaging through it would be destroyed. Pray for the United States, that they will have wisdom in dealing with the recent outbreaks. And pray for the rest of the world, that God’s hand of protection will be on His people, and that this disease would be vanquished at least. God bless you.

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21 thoughts on “How To Be Strong In a Country Ruled By Fear

  1. It’s totally a binary reaction here, I think. We live in a beach town in Florida, and it’s packed with tourists. People refusing to travel overseas might actually be helping the economy here. But I have spoken to friends and relatives elsewhere who think they are in some zombie horror flick and are hoarding supplies. I’m personally not worried for myself or my immediate family, but my father is medically vulnerable and I get why he’s not going out anymore.

    Like you, I feel awful for the Asians, who are absolutely experiencing irrational prejudice. I spoke to an Asian woman who runs a salon here and she was heartbroken that she was losing lots of customers (when business is great elsewhere locally). There are so many people stoking panic right now, and it may very well make people like her lose their entire livelihoods. But God wastes nothing.

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  3. Ella Smalley

    I totally agree that the virus is irrationally hyped, but I also think the media has hyped the racism in the US. Of course there will always be people who judge others by what they look like or there race is, but I believe that there are very few people in the America that are actually racist. The media likes to create rifts between all of us by putting us in different groups and telling people they are oppressed, and just stirring up trouble by telling lies. So really the people who are accusing us of being racist are actually racist. I mean I just bought Chinese food, which is pretty hard to pass up, lol. Great post I love topics that start discussions, keep up the good work!

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