We are dealing with many new realities as both Christians and Americans. It seems that we are in uncharted territory. To be honest, it almost seems right out of what the Bible said would be coming in the latter days.
Everyone is adjusting to new terms, such as social distancing, a rapidly changing and volatile economy, and an uncertain future in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have battled with feeling scared or worried and are facing a loss of a job or income. Is this the new normal? Or will this just be a season? This is a question even some of America’s top faith leaders are praying about and asking the Lord right now.
At this time more than ever, the importance of living out biblical faith while also taking the findings of those in the medical field seriously, has become increasingly clear. My friend Dr. Don Colbert is a Spirit-filled medical doctor and Charisma House author. Dr. Colbert is just one of a host of Christians right now in medicine, basic research, and public health who are using their God-given gifts to understand and fight this disease.
I believe strongly that God has given us a powerful and miraculous immune system to fight off the many possible viruses in the world. Many of today’s processed foods and GMOs directly target our immune system. This only solidifies the case to build our immunity and practice wisdom in our eating habits.
Dr. Colbert told me that, first of all, as Christians we must approach this pandemic with faith and not fear. We must pray Psalm 91 over ourselves and our families: “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence” says Psalm 91:3, MEV.
“Read the Word out loud over yourself and your family every day, and then receive that word by faith and don’t live in fear,” he says. I would add that we should plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves and our loved ones each day and truly put on the full armor of God. After all, in many ways this is for what we have trained.
But that doesn’t mean that following practical advice isn’t important. And understanding some basics of how viruses operate will alleviate some of our fears about the coronavirus.
Many had felt that President Donald Trump was going to use his Emergency Powers Act authority to close down the country, but instead, he set up a task force that consequently gave Americans a set of guidelines to follow and instead empowered the state and local governments in accordance with the Constitution and intentions of the Founding Fathers. Initially, the guidelines were meant to be for 15 days, but they ended up lasting much longer to slow the spread.
Over several weeks, President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force briefings were met with increasing criticism from his opponents. It seems the polarization of the American political climate has hit new levels, as even in a pandemic situation, there can’t seem to be agreement on getting fast and effective medication help to the people.
The coronavirus is also canceling in-person church services all across the nation. Churches are accustomed to hosting weekly gatherings; some even have several services each week. My longtime friend Joan Hunter is a healing minister. Just as officials were beginning to quarantine the population, I recorded a podcast with her about how Christians can walk in divine health.
She said that first of all, we must be people of faith. It’s almost shocking to think how quickly this unknown virus overtook everyone’s attention. At first the Chinese government worked hard to cover it up, but as it began to spread rapidly across the globe, entire nations panicked.
“The Word says perfect love casts out all fear—not most fear, all fear,” Joan said. “We must not fear. As I was getting ready this morning, I kept hearing over and over in my head, ‘I’ve got this. I’ve got this.’ Then I would hear, ‘God’s got this.’”
Joan believes there’s going to be a greater emphasis on praying for the sick in the near future. But if God’s people haven’t practiced praying for the sick and haven’t learned wisdom, this will be difficult.
Overall, as Christians, we must ask what God is saying. The most important thing is not to let fear take root in our hearts. As Christians, we have been trained for a time such as this. We are made to overcome in Jesus Christ. This too shall pass. Let’s do what the Bible says and pray for those who are sick and believe they will indeed be healed.
Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and COVID-19.”