(AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE) -- A friend of mine who is Orthodox mentioned to an Evangelical friend of his that he (Orthodox guy) is scaling back his participation in group activities out of concern for coronavirus spread.
“Well, I don’t want to be judgmental,” said the Evangelical, “but I guess that’s fine if you want to live in fear rather than trusting in the Lord.”
Boy, that chaps me — but I bet it’s common in some circles now, Christians shaming other Christians for coronavirus caution. As if being concerned, and taking serious steps to prepare, and to live out public health guidelines, is somehow evidence of a weak commitment to God.
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If a Christian chooses not to swim in shark-infested waters, or pick up a poisonous snake, does that show weakness in faith? Of course not; it shows that you have a brain in your head. God’s promise to us is that He will always be with us, not that He will protect us from getting sick from viruses, or otherwise harmed in our bodies. A Christian doctor serves sick patients not because he expects God to place a magic force field around him to keep him from catching their disease, but because he knows that even if he gets sick, that God will be with him through his own suffering, and reward him for his loving self-sacrifice.