Covid-19 Good for Christians

Posted on August 10, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Christian Perspective
From the perspective of growth, the Covid-19 pandemic has been good for Bible-believing Christians.

The perspective I am referencing is that of becoming more Christlike as we journey through our earthly pilgrimage. We are encouraged in 1 John 2:6 to “walk in the same manner as [Jesus] walked.” However, when life is easy, we tend to want more of “the good life” rather than “more of Jesus.”

God, however, wants us limiting our love of the world, as the apostle Paul instructs, “… do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Though we reside in this world, our catalyst for existence should be heavenward – always looking forward to our eternity in Heaven while making the most of our lives here on Earth.

Christlike Living
In this light, anything that diminishes the “world experience” for Christians is good in that the sufferings of this world nudge us closer to Christlike living.

Along these lines, the Covid-19 pandemic has been good for believers. Some of us have lost our jobs because of it. Some have contracted the coronavirus because of it. Some of us have lost those we love because of it.

But also because of the pandemic, we have seen this world as the fading entity it is, as something to be less desired and sought after. Western believers are getting clearer insights into where this world is heading, and we are seeking more heavenly pursuits – above all, a greater relationship with God.

And I see Bible-believing Christians drawing closer to each other. Yes, there is an ideological division among Christians regarding church attendance. Should Christians defy government mandates and worship at Church, or should we do so “safely” at home? Though there are strong arguments for each, Christians on both sides can understand and empathize with one another.

How to Pray?
So, how should Christians pray in light of the dual aspect of this pandemic? Should we pray for its eradication and a return to normal? I don’t think so – at least the “return to normal” part.

I believe Christians should see the pandemic through spiritual eyes, looking heavenward for God’s direction, and first asking Him to ignite the hearts of His people that we may be more determined than ever to serve Him.

Second, I believe Christians should never pray for a “return to normal,” but for anything that will move the hearts of unbelievers to seek God, and for that which will move us closer to the ushering in of His glorious Kingdom here on Earth.

Individually, as believers, let us look for the good which has resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, namely, that it has drawn many of us nearer to God, and has inspired us to live more Christlike lives!