I have my opinion on the statistics, the data, and what all this means; I have my opinion on the media and whether we can trust what they are saying—all the media, not just certain ones, all of them. And smack in the middle of my opinions is this one which comes from my faith:
I don’t have any doubt about God’s sovereignty (Ps 115:3), God’s plan (Prov 16:9), that all His children are going to be fine (Is 41:10), we’re going to land on our feet, that, in fact, we already are on our feet, that this is a golden opportunity to shine a light (Mt 5:16), an opportunity to regroup and recognize what’s important, to not let fear rule (Is 35:4), but to let faith rule (Heb 11:1), to recognize that we’re already provided for (Lk 12:29-31), and that God gives us this provision so that we can take advantage of times like these and be the light that the world needs to see (Eph 5:7-14), to show them what we really believe (Mt 24:14), and that means that we’ve also got to take a good hard look and realize there are idols in our lives we’ve got to let go of (1 Cor 10:4)—material things we cling to, that we have to let go of (Ecc 5:10)—so we can get back to the simplicity of what we’re here for (Ps 117:102) and to what’s ahead for each of us (1 Cor 2:9). It’s all good (Rom 8:28).
Yes, there could be pain and suffering in the days ahead—like there has been since the fall of man—and I won’t dare make light of that (Jn 16:33). But in the grander context, facts are facts, truth is truth (Ps 119:160), and the ending of our story is good, so good (1 Jn 5:4). And now, we are on the verge of the best part of that story (Mt 24:30). Victories always come about right after the bleakest moments; that’s when the light breaks through the darkness and redeems what went before (Is 9:2; Lk 24:6). So, friends, followers of Christ, fellow children of God, let’s not for one second be taken in by the confusions running rampant and the distortions being presented (Col 2:8). Instead, let us encourage one another to love and good works (Heb 10:24-25), to put all our faith in God (Mt 17:20); not in what we’re seeing with limited eyes (2 Cor 5:7), but in what we already know to be so in our unlimited spirits (1 Cor 6:17). This could be the chance we’ve been hoping for (Is 40:31).
Our President is a good man (I believe), a flawed man like us (Jn 8:7), but a man of God he is (I believe again), and he was put here, in that position, by God (Rom 13:1) (How else would you explain it?), and he looks to me to be seizing the chance—the right man, the right time, the right circumstances—to turn things around in this fine country. We have a President and a Vice President who have expressed deep faith in God (Mt 10:32). We, too, share that faith. We have every bit as important a role (Rom 12:4-5). And this Coronavirus confusion could be—change that, clearly is—the means God has chosen to, in myriad ways, pull the plug on the nonsense of the God-less among us and to enlist the rest of us to shine a light upon this country, at this grave time, in order to get us pointed back to being the United States of America in the vein of the vision of our great founding fathers—that vision being freedom (Ps 119:45), and mostly faith (Jn 3:16).
God bless, my brothers and sisters in Christ. God is in control (Jer 29:11).