One of the judgements of God on His people who refuse to listen to Him is that “one will chase a thousand and two will chase ten thousand.” [Deut. 32:30] God is constantly judging His people whether it be at the Lord’s Table, where there is a judging between those who properly and improperly discern the body of Christ, or in the reality that “you will reap what you have sown,” or, as just pointed out, that an inordinate fear would cause His people to “flee when no one is pursuing,” [Lev. 26:17] as is the case in too many believer’s lives today when confronted with the Coronavirus 19 scare.
This doesn’t mean God is judging you on your salvation, but rather in the way you experience life and His blessing – or lack of them. We must be careful not to so quickly assign the reason for judgement to any specific sinful actions on the part of non-believers. For instance, many Christians, with me being a chief offender in the past, are quick to point to our culture’s embrace of homosexuality and/or abortion-on-demand as reasons for God’s judgement. Perhaps this is part of it, however God’s Word is clear that “Judgement begins in the house of God.” [1 Peter 4:17]
The way Christians have responded to this current epidemic is almost completely opposite to how our brothers and sisters responded in the past to far deadlier outbreaks. Today we’re behaving no differently than unbelievers. Instead of laying hands on the sick and praying for them, we’re isolating them and fear to be around them. And frankly, the mortality risk is far, far less than what Christians faced during the savage plague times. During the Black Plague, unbelievers not only engaged in “social distancing” and quarantine but went so far as to throw out into the streets family members who became infected and sick. Christians went out and brought the diseased into their homes and cared for them. Amazingly, while they didn’t love their lives unto death, far fewer Christians died than did unbelievers. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” [Rev. 12:11] Perhaps it’s time we repent of our fear and determine, by the Spirit of God, not to love our lives so much we ignore His commands to care for the weak, sick and defenseless. May God restore what the devourer has taken!