The convid-19 pandemic has unsurprisingly sparked both internal and public debates within and between different communities and worldviews.
The eternal battle between Democrats vs Republicans in the U.S. took a ‘pandemic turn’, we have watched Trump vs China on T.V, Atheists and Christians continue to bicker, Governments vs Organized Religion is just unfolding. But in the midst of all these discussions, there is one that has caught my attention for obvious reasons; it is the ongoing debate among Christians over who is responsible for the coronavirus outbreak – God or Satan? It is a very popular debate in my vicinity right now.
On one hand, we have Christians who say the virus is God’s way of showing His power on a sinful civilization, very much like He has done in the past to immoral lands like Egypt, Sodom & Gomorrah, Amalek, Cannaan and even the Israelites whenever they sinned against Him.
On the other hand, we have Christians who insist that the virus was baked, fresh out from the oven of Satan. Their contention is that God doesn’t need to use a virus to show His power, moreover, He is too loving to punish humanity with something like the coronavirus. In fact, I heard someone make the statement; “God doesn’t do that anymore” — a comment that seems rather contradictory to scripture, which continuously emphasizes God’s unchanging nature (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 102:28).
First, I want to state that while it is never pleasant to see the Church divided over issues such as this one, I’d be lying if I say I am surprised — disagreement on issues is nothing new within the Church after all. That said, the main purpose of this post is to reveal where I stand personally in the ongoing debate. My position is primarily based on what I think is a very important passage in the Bible. A passage that every Believer should bear in mind whenever they question or strive to understand the influence of God in human affairs:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV)
Listen! I am not a Reverend, neither am I a pastor. I don’t hold any degree in Theology or Divinity. I was a sinner saved by the blood of Christ shed on the cross. I know I am not in any position to dish out advice to the numerous MOGs in this space but I feel someone has to say something.
Social Media is a free world where everybody can come out and post whatever flows out of their head, Christians are not excluded. However, I think it’s high time we stop this ongoing religious blabbing and for once do as we are commanded in Matthew 26:41 — ”Watch And Pray”. I believe in the gift of prophecy and revelation. I acknowledge that God reveals certain things to His children when He wants to. It is biblical and I have had certain revelations from God at different times, even before I became born again. Nonetheless, my message to the minister at this point is; Don’t give in to the temptation to play God or deliver a word when you were in fact given none. Do not succumb to pressure from unbelievers or even your own followers. It doesn’t matter the amount of rhema or anointing you possess, you are too small to even comprehend the mystery of God’s thought nor His ways, and you are not even close to being fit to make decisions for God.
Now here is my stand; I am neither ‘for’ or ‘against’. I do not exactly subscribe to the assertion that God sent the Coronavirus to punish the earth, (even though I acknowledge that He can if He wanted to), neither do I subscribe to the idea that the devil is responsible for the virus outbreak. The way I see it, there are several other possible explanations -It could be man-made, or it could be from animals (but theories have been touted), I dont know for sure but what I do know with certainty is that God has allowed it and He is in control of the situation. In the end, His will shall prevail.
On my part as a believer, I choose to Watch and Pray; listening to learn from whatever God has to teach me through this pandemic and I believe there is so much we can learn from it as believers as we await the guaranteed light at The end of the tunnel.