3. God Has a Challenge for the Church
Dr. Carson, who's part of the vice president's task force on the coronavirus, thinks America's churches should be ramping up their efforts to help the needy. With that said, with this uncertainty in our economy, what challenges will that bring for the church? There will be a lot of people who will be hurt over this virus and families will need extra help and concern from the family of God. Even though the government might put a plan together to ask the churches and nonprofits to help with the most needed, we at NABC have to decide, “How will we be the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus to a people who are in need and can use help with the true necessities of life?” Dr. Carson wants to remind the church to focus on the good they could be doing.
Dear friends I don’t want to think negatively but to think about what Jesus wants us to do during a crisis like this. Jesus told us when He was about to leave His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Let nothing paralyze us but walk with faith and allow God to guide us. Greg Laurie says, “Though there is reason to be afraid of COVID-19, I believe there are greater reasons not to be.”
To start off, the mortality rate of the virus may be lower than first believed (given the number of unknown cases, epidemiologists believe it’s closer to 1%). We also know the world is responding to manage the spread of the virus, and if you are careful and follow doctors’ recommendations, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting infected. And while the stock market has taken a major blow, it will probably be OK in the long run. President Trump announced he will work on relief efforts for hourly workers, including a payroll tax cut, which has helped stocks rally after a dramatic plunge.