Sounds like some sort of quirky band but the very real presence of COVID-19 aka Coronavirus isn't a sweet-sounding melody to many people's ears and is likely to sound like alarm bells ringing on cue in response to a sniffle or a sneeze in a public place.
But as believers in Christ, what are the do's and don'ts for Christians when it comes to responding to the Coronavirus?
Check some out below:
1. Do not fear!
Living in a state of panic and frantically heading down to your nearest supermarket to empty the shelves of toilet roll and anti-bacterial gel is a sign that fear has overshadowed your faith. It’s not that Christians should throw sense to the wind or ignore advice, but we need to genuinely remain calm in the midst of chaos and exhibit the peace that Christ has given us.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2. Don't rely on a face mask more than the Word of God
Uploads of celebrities wearing face masks, with some of them blinged out because 'fashion', have been rife on social media. Even with medical experts advising that the masks won't necessarily protect anyone from contracting the disease, people still have faith that it will work. Our stance as believers, however, should be one of faith in what God says in His word. Psalm 91, in particular, are powerful faith increasing verses regarding protection. Read the full chapter here.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
3. Don't forget to wash your hands!
Sounds basic, but many are forgetting or not deeming it important to wash hands after sneezing or coughing into them, or after using the bathroom. With the Coronavirus seemingly spreading like a plague of biblical proportions. It could do great help to stop or at least slow down the spread by simply washing our hands. We spotted this meme online - which adds a little humour to the situation. But the advice still stands. Thou shall wash thy hands!
4. Do Pray
A quote from the late Dr. Billy Graham, says: “We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.” Prayer is key in all situations and should be an active part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, knowing that our God is a prayer-answering God. Pray for those affected, pray for those in go