What’s More Contagious Than the COVID-19?

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What’s More Contagious Than the COVID-19?

Fear!

2020 began with a new global pandemic. CNN titled it a “A global coronavirus: Travel bans, face masks, and fear” — and a Citigroup analyst observed: “Fear of the virus is spreading throughout the country, at a much faster rate than the virus itself.” While the COVID-19 virus and its effects consume the headlines, the real contagion is fear. And this virus of the soul has been around much longer than COVID-19.

The fact is: Everyone’s afraid of something. A recent study listed the following ten subjects that people fear most:

1. Snakes: 51%

2. Heights: 38%

3. The dentist: 23%

4. Confined spaces, a.k.a. claustrophobia: 21%

5. Needles: 21%

6. Clowns: 18%

7. Public speaking: 17%

8. The dark: 15%

9. Flying: 14%

10. Birds: 5%”

John Adams understood the fear of contagion, declaring:

“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”

God’s Antidote

Faith has always been God’s antidote to fear.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”

John 14:27 NASB

People of faith know “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We need not fear disease, death or anything that happens to make or not make the top 10 list of fears. Instead, we should “say to those with anxious hearts, ‘Take courage, fear not’” (Isaiah 35:4 NASB) for “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NASB).

Without fear driving our actions, we can take rational steps to protect ourselves and our family, and do what we can to help those in need.

Governments around the world are struggling to find solutions to the epidemic of COVID-19, but this is not a surprise for the Supreme Ruler of the universe. As with every major crisis, our ultimate hope is not in our strength or knowledge, it is in the mercy and grace of our loving heavenly Father.

 

Renew Our Trust in God

President Abraham Lincoln understood this important principle. After the first few months of the Civil War, he reminded Congress: “Having thus chosen our course…without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear…”

According to Romans 8, a mature believer is guided by the Spirit of Truth and not by a spirit of fear. Historically, the United States of America has turned to The Sovereign Lord, calling for national days of prayer to seek answers, peace, and direction in times of global crisis. With a heightened sense of anxiety and panic in our nation, we must continue to stay on our knees and contend for peace, freedom and hope through Jesus.

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