Our Biggest Danger as Christians

Posted on March 31, 2020


By David Ettinger

Amazing Times
We are living in amazing times. They are also uncertain and frightening times, but amazing nonetheless.

During these days of pandemic anxiety, we have had our fill of warnings, cautions, and dire predictions as to where all this is heading. The bottom line is, nobody knows where this is heading and how our world will change as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

But as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is one thing that doesn’t change: the Word of God.

In the New Testament, God has given His children multiple guidelines and commands regarding how we should conduct ourselves. And you know what? These guidelines and commands are still in force; they have not been rescinded. In good times and bad, we are to obey God and do as He tells us.

In fact, in these treacherous days, the biggest danger facing Christians is not the Coronavirus, but something much closer to our hearts: failing to act as Christians.

Guidelines and Commands
Philippians 1:27 is a major “go-to” verse for me: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” No need to elaborate, but I direct your attention to the first two words: WHATEVER HAPPENS! We are indeed living in “whatever happens” days.

 As Christians living in these “whatever happens” days, what are some of the guidelines and commands God expects us to continue practicing? Here are a few; how are you doing with them?

  • Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
  • Colossians 3:1: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
  • Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything …”
  • Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
  • Matthew 6:31-32: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

What to Focus On
The above passages are not intended as chastisement as you strive to navigate the current crisis. Rather, I offer them as a point of focus. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Word should be our focus. Despite everything going on around us, we are to strive to remain steadfast in glorifying, honoring, and obeying our Heavenly Father.

God’s guidelines and commands were never intended to be heeded solely in good times, but at all times regardless of circumstances. In other words, if things were to get really bad, I hope believers will not be among those who kick and push others in the grocery store to get what we need. We are to “value others above ourselves” and “not be anxious about anything.”

Is this going to be easy? Not on your life! But this is what God expects of us. And what He expects of us is precisely stated in the Philippians 1:27: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Succumbing to Covid-19 directly or to its consequences is not the biggest danger facing Christians; failing to act as children of the King is. May God give us the grace we so need in these trying days as we strive to conduct ourselves as worthy Christians!