Should Christians have a different reaction to the coronavirus pandemic than the world does? A noted evangelical leader says yes and no.
Paul was pretty clear in Philippians 4:6-7:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land points out that a coronavirus exception is not written into that passage.
"Fear and apprehension ought to be alien emotions to born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ," he contends.
The key, he says, is to lean into the presence of God.
"You have to go to the refuge; you have to be in Christ, and you have to be a follower of Christ," Dr. Land asserts. "You have to go to Him in faith."
He goes on to say that Christians should not miss this opportunity.
"We have been reminded of the fragility of life and the fact that life is a transitory thing," the seminary president submits. "It has caused a great deal of new awareness and, I think, an opportunity for Christians. We have a large population of people who are newly sensitized to their own morality and are looking for assurance and for answers, and we have a priceless opportunity to give it to them."
But he says to avoid what he calls presumptuous faith.
"I hear some Christians say, 'Our church is going to meet because we don't fear the virus. After all, we're God's people and God's going to take care of us.' That's the sin of presumption," Dr. Land concludes.