After finding out that I was in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, I went into self-isolation. While under quarantine, I was convicted of the fact that as a Christian, I’m called to lead with my example as well as my word. Here are three ways to love by example during this pandemic.
In Italy, reports are emerging that doctors are being forced to ration medical treatment. Doctors are being forced to ask if a bed and care should be given to an eighty-five-year-old with a low chance of survival, or a forty-five-year-old with a much better chance of survival?
During the third-century Plague of Cyprian, Dionysius, bishop of Alexandria, wrote that the Romans “pushed the sufferers away and fled from their dearest, throwing them into the roads before they were dead and treated unburied corpses as dirt…”
Christians, however, as sociologist Rodney Stark famously put it, “ran into the plague.”
I thought the world would be watching how the Christian community would handle a divisive election year. That’s not the case – at least not right now. Rather than watching how Christians react to an election cycle, Americans may instead be turning to faith to answer their questions about how to deal with worry, anxiety, fear and even death.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who spent eight years waiting for execution on a trumped-up charge of blasphemy, recalled her mistreatment. She described how much of sham her “trial” was, and how she was not even allowed to say anything in her own defense. She talked about the pressure she faced to renounce her faith.
And then she said, “I am not angry at all. I have forgiven everyone from my heart. And there is no hardness in me.”