The coronavirus is a wake-up call for everyone. Have we built our lives on a fragile foundation, or do we have true, unshakable hope in Jesus Christ?
Well, as you know, there’s an overwhelming sense of fear right now, Pastor John. And we’re seeing it in many of the emails coming in from listeners in the US. The headlines are ominous: The Dow is dropping a thousand points per day it seems. The consumer market has largely frozen. Airlines are slowing and may halt soon. And with the stoppage has come the loss of income and even jobs. We’re hearing now from DG partners, our donors, who are faced with new struggles in the marketplace, facing shutdowns, the inability to work as normal, and even the harsh reality of now letting go of employees they cannot put to work.
Meanwhile on TV, politicians are holding live press conferences all day with the latest news, with infection stats, and to convince people to stay home. Outbreaks of the virus continue to spike in Italy, Spain, Germany, but have also moved much closer to home in states like New York and New Jersey. Every state in America has cases now, and our hospitals are starting to feel the surge. Older citizens know they’re in the bullseye of this. And the virus is causing lung failure in a younger demographic than was previously expected. The elderly are stressed. Adults of all ages are stressed. Kids are stressed. Parents are stressed. Business owners are stressed. Dads who provide are stressed. Few of us know if this virus will infect us personally. But its ripple effects have already impacted every one of us. And now we’re told this could all last for months.
So, to the many listeners who are fighting for faith right now, and fighting against fear right now — physical or financial — what would you say to them, Pastor John?