Priorities and COVID-19

A couple weeks ago, I saw this headline on a popular satire website: “Nation Prepares to Celebrate First Anniversary of Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve.” Ouch.

We had no idea what was coming back then, did we? No matter what you think about the worldwide reaction to COVID19, none of us anticipated this. So much loss. It’s staggering to try to take in the number of lives lost—from the virus, from delays in preventative and therapeutic medical care, from economic factors, from emotional despair. This is to say nothing of the losses in other categories: economic, educational, vocational, relational, political, etc. The whole world has been severely chastened by this microscopic enemy, and we are reminded how very fragile is our noble human race.

Chastening is good, if we learn from it. “God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” Since the pandemic began, we have prayed for this virus to bring our church, our nation, and our world to its knees in helpless hope before our Creator. Some have bowed, and He has answered. Let’s not forget this important lesson from the coronavirus—that God is God and we are not. If COVID has not made you more prayerful, you may have missed God’s message in it.

There are other ways God has used this tiny virus as His agent for good.

You have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rework your schedule. Everything was canceled, at least for a while. Lots of activity still is. You still have a chance to reexamine how you use your time daily, weekly, and monthly. Are you living out your true priorities? Some of you have always wanted to read the Bible and pray more, but you never had the time before. How’s that going for you now? How about your commitment to a Care Group? Family fun night? Working out?

Another helpful but painful benefit is that the pandemic has all but killed consumer Christianity. For decades, churches have attracted people with flashy gatherings and dynamic programs, and people ate it up! Until it all got canceled in a single day, and all we had left was church as community. That is to say, church suddenly became what the Bible says it is—a group of people with whom we are in intimate, dependent, committed relationship. Our spiritual family. The body of Christ, from which we draw our life, health, and support.

Don’t waste your pandemic!