On the heels of disastrous events, the gospel has unprecedented opportunity. When God has done the work of shaking their foundations, many people are ready to look to him for the first time. COVID-19 presents us with a divine opportunity to point people to Christ as we cling to God’s promise to continue to work his good purpose on earth.
We are living in upside-down days, and we should pay attention when a global pandemic strikes. Whatever else God is doing, he is waking the world up to our fragility of life and the reality of divine judgment.
We have never stepped into a moment like the one we are currently experiencing. But while this situation is new, our calling has not changed. The gospel is still the most important message in the world, and we are still called upon to tell it.
As believers, we are called to run toward tragedy and not away from it. Faithful Christians have done this throughout many generations. Let's be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
Let the local church be faithful in this moment, acting as the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick, and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a small, solitary jail cell in Birmingham, reading a newspaper article written by several white clergymen. Dr. King immediately began composing a response in the margins of the newspaper itself. And four days later, having gotten some paper from his lawyer, he finished and sent the now famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”