What Are Christians to Do in a Global Pandemic?

Text: Matthew 10:16

At the present time, everyone is talking about the Coronavirus. It originated in China and has been spreading throughout the world. The World Health Organization has classified it as a pandemic. The President of the United States has declared a national emergency. A lot of people are scared, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and people have a lot of questions. At a time like this, it is good to be reminded of some Bible principles that relate to this kind of issue.

First, Be Wise (Matthew 10:16)

  • Jesus was sending His disciples out to the world where they would face difficulties – they would face this for preaching, yet the principle applies to any difficult situation before us
  • We need to exercise wisdom in dealing with this difficult situation – exercise good judgment, wash hands, watch for symptoms, be prepared (food, supplies, etc.); if you’re immune system is weak or compromised, take extra precautions

Second, Be Harmless (Matthew 10:16)

  • Jesus told His disciples to be “innocent” or “harmless” (KJV) – don’t cause problems or bring harm to others
  • We should not bring harm to others if we can help it – if you’re sick, stay in; be especially careful with those who are vulnerable health-wise

Third, Be a Good Neighbor (Matthew 7:12)

  • We are to practice the golden rule – this is the essence of love; all that we do is to be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)
  • Treat others as you would want to be treated – limit contact, avoid visits, offer help if needed, etc.

Fourth, Don’t Forget to Pray (Philippians 4:6-7)

  • What requests do we have of God in times like this? – health, safety, cure, calm, wisdom, etc.; make these requests known in prayer
  • Do this with thanksgiving – this is vital; this is what enables us to have the peace of God

Fifth, Don’t Be Naive (Proverbs 14:15)

  • People often act irrationally out of fear – true of individuals and of society as a whole
  • Don’t be taken advantage of by someone claiming to help – most are sincere; a few may not be
  • Don’t be so naive as to believe every conspiracy theory out there – skepticism is healthy, but not this extreme

Sixth, Don’t Worry about Tomorrow (Matthew 6:33-34)

  • This doesn’t mean be unconcerned – it just means don’t worry; take one day at a time
  • Focus on what’s essential (spiritual things) – plan and prepare, but don’t worry

Seventh, Don’t Live in Fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

  • We don’t know what will happen, how bad it will get, whether we will contract the virus, etc. – for someone in the world without God and without hope, this can be frightening; for Christians, the worst that can happen is “momentary, light affliction” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • We have God’s promise (Hebrews 13:5-6) – trust in Him; do not fear (Matthew 10:28)

Eighth, Live Every Day with a View to Eternity (Colossians 3:1-2)

  • This world is not our home – this doesn’t mean we want to hasten death or are unconcerned about potential dangers; instead, it means we should never lose sight of what’s truly important (Matthew 6:33)
  • No matter how long or short our lives are, no matter how difficult our time on earth is, all that matters in the end is reaching our eternal home in heaven


  • Regardless of what might happen, be wise and keep your trust in God
  • Be mindful of others and continue doing what God wants you to do
  • If you’re not a Christian or have fallen away, this is a reminder of the need to get right with the Lord  

–ANDY SOCHOR, Eastside church of Christ, Morgantown, KY
from plainbibleteaching.com

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