9 Encouraging Quotes about COVID-19 from Christian Leaders

9 Encouraging Quotes about COVID-19 from Christian Leaders

For many, life as we know it has been put on pause. Schools are closing and employees are being encouraged to work from home, if at all possible, until further notice. Social distancing has become the new norm. Amid all of the uncertainty, here are nine encouraging quotes about COVID-19 from Christian leaders:

  • 1. Francis Collins

    1. Francis Collins

    Francis Collins is the director of the National Institutes of Health. He grew up in rural Virginia and received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D in physical chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina. He taught medicine at the University of Michigan and was part of the team that discovered the major gene defect that causes Cystic Fibrosis.

    “One of my great puzzles when I first became a Christian is that verse, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, because My strength is made perfect in your weakness.’ That was so completely upside down for me. Weakness? And now I embrace that with the fullness of everything around me when I'm realizing that my strength is inadequate, whether it's coronavirus or some family crisis, God's strength is always sufficient.”

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  • 2. Albert Mohler

    2. Albert Mohler

    Dr. R. Albert Mohler is the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has served since 1993. He also hosts The Briefing, a daily podcast that explores the day’s news from a Christian perspective.

    “In the midst of this crisis, we must not only pray-though we must most fervently pray-we must also work. There are many things to be done and it’s going to be up to us to do them.”

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  • 3. David Platt

    3. David Platt

    David Platt is the Pastor at McLean Bible Church, a multi-campus church in the Washington D.C. metro area. Platt is known for his book Radical and for the Secret Church gathering, where he teaches on an important subject for six hours and draws attention to the persecuted church across the world.

    “How do you have peace in the middle of a pandemic? How do you have faith over fear and an unknown future? Here is how- you trust Jesus with your life.”

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  • 4. Ray Ortlund

    4. Ray Ortlund

    Ray Ortlund is a preacher and writer who recently retired from Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN. He is the author of The Gospel and Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel.

    “When we get through this dreadful COVID-19, many thousands of people will come back to church longing for personal reality with the living God. Let’s get ready. Let’s release our grip on the defunct patterns of the past and reach out by faith for what only God can do.”

    Photo courtesy: Renewal Ministries Facebook

  • 5. Beth Moore

    5. Beth Moore

    Beth Moore is a popular speaker and Bible-teacher. She has written many books and Bible studies throughout her ministry and often ministers to thousands of women through her “Living Proof Live” conferences.

    “We find out at times like these how fragile all our man-made shelters are. Our steel is seen for what it is: candle wax kept from a flame all along only by God’s grace. We are as those who huddle beneath palm branches, bracing for a squall. But the Lord regards our humble estate.”

    Photo courtesy: Living Proof Ministries Facebook page

  • 6. Ed Stetzer

    6. Ed Stetzer

    Ed Stetzer is the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, where he also serves as the Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today and is the author of Christians in the Age of Outrage.

    “As our world is confronting their mortality, for some of them the first time, we have the choice to either place our faith in the hope of Christ or to mirror their fear born of a perishable hope.”

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  • 7. Russell Moore

    7. Russell Moore

    Russell Moore serves as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He frequently appears in television interviews providing a Christian response current events and is the author of Onward.

    “We should all hope for the best-case scenario, even as we prepare for the worst case. Prudence and precaution is not a sign of panic or fearfulness, but as the Bible commands us, of bearing on another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and thinking more highly of others than ourselves (Phil. 2:3).

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  • 8. Franklin Graham

    8. Franklin Graham

    Franklin Graham is the President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and President of Samaritan’s Purse. Graham is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and prayed at the inaugurations of President Trump and President George W. Bush.

    “During this time with the coronavirus, fear is gripping the hearts of people around the world. There is a mountain of anxiety and alarm, and it is still building. It is as real as the virus itself—but it is treatable. There are people in need that we can reach out to help. Like a fireman runs to the fire, the church needs to respond to crises around us. We who are the church need to stand up and be the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan/Staff

  • 9. Greg Laurie

    9. Greg Laurie

    Greg Laurie is the Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He is known for his heart for evangelism and over 400,000 people have come to faith in Jesus through his Harvest Crusades.

    “Anyone can rejoice when things are going reasonably well. But when we’re facing adversity or sickness or hardship or death and then we rejoice, we are obeying God. God is on his throne. He loves you and is watching out for you. So rejoice in the Lord.”

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    Scott Slayton writes at “One Degree to Another.”