Even as politicians, medical professionals and other media people are looking for someone or something to blame for the Coronavirus, so too are spiritual leaders across the world. The million-dollar question that anyone and everyone is trying to answer is “Why”???
This blog post is about the more theological/philosophical question, “Why is this happening?”, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. And there are no shortage to answers being given. I live in the Middle East so I am hearing and reading daily about the Islamic answers being proposed. And mixed into their theological proposals, there are incredible conspiracy theories being entertained as well!
But let us turn as Christians for a moment to consider the many answers that are being given by different Christian voices. My email inbox is full and social media is buzzing with diverse answers. I’ve seen the MSM media bring on famous pastors for their commentary in recent days. And what is being said? Some are ‘sure’ this is God’s judgment, others are ‘sure’ that this is a demonic attack, while others are ‘sure’ that COVID-19 like any and all other diseases is merely something that happens in the fallen world in which we live. To add further confusion, there are those who are advocating a mixture of two or three of these positions! And then these Christians leaders can all quote Scriptures to support their conclusions.
People of faith can and are walking away confused from these mixed messages. To be honest, some are completely contradicting one another. And it becomes even more confusing when some are claiming that God has revealed to them the answer!
I jumped in on a virtual men’s Bible Study the other day and all of these sentiments were expressed – and interestingly, it largely was dependent upon the type of Church that the men came from. Those who came from churches that strongly emphasize God’s meticulous control over everything that happens were speaking about God’s role. To be fair, some softened their language to talk about God “allowing” this for some purpose. Others from more of a Charismatic/Pentecostal background viewed this as a demonic attack/assignment. From across the spectrum, there were those who were thinking of this as God’s judgment on a world that has largely turned their backs on Him.
So why am I weighing in? Do I have an opinion? For me personally, it doesn’t matter that much. I can see how people can build any case they want to build as to “why” this is happening. People I know and trust are coming to entirely different conclusions.
My belief is that God doesn’t answer our “why” questions nearly as often as we think He does/is. I am not saying there isn’t an answer, but without special revelation, we simply cannot know what it is. Some will say, “Exactly and God has revealed to me such and such a thing” – but then again, I am watching well-known Christian voices from the very parts of the Church that claim “special revelation” contradicting one another.
So my counsel in all of this is think deeply, pray fervently, study diligently, listen carefully and then whatever conclusion you come to, HOLD IT LOOSELY!
What is clear is that there are many things that we can/should be doing over and against fighting amongst ourselves as to why this is happening. I am fasting and praying. I am seeking the Lord. I am endeavoring to love others well, to encourage people and help them overcome their fears in this hour.
One day we will know “why”. Not just to this question but to every single question. And that to me is one of the things I look forward to in eternity in the Age to Come.
Summary: you might know why, you might not know why, or you might know part of the reason why…therefore humbly hold your answer(s) loosely. In the meantime, do and be what you know to do and be as a Christian.
…for such a time as this
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