Social media is going crazy with posts about the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone feels their opinion is the best. Everyone wants to be heard.
Some people feel this whole situation is purely media-induced hysteria.
Some feel politicians are seeking to take advantage of people during this time by limiting their freedoms.
Some feel that people are not taking the health concerns seriously enough.
Some feel organizations are acting in a cavalier manner, and need to think through decisions more.
Some feel organizations took too long to act, and are criticizes them for not taking action earlier.
Perhaps there is some truth in all of these; perhaps they are all slight exaggerations. Honestly, I know I’m not an expert and I won’t pretend to know more about the situation than I do.
I do know that posting random Bible verses taken out of context does not actually help the situation at all, nor does it help us serve those around us. I’ve seen many posts of verses like Psalm 91:10 – “No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Often these posts are accompanied by a message of faith protecting us from any danger, or a sarcastic dig at people who are struggling with fear in this uncertain situation. While I understand the desire to comfort others, we cannot simply claim protection by taking a verse out of context. And no good comes from dismissing the very real anxiety people are struggling with.
I’m not saying we stopping posting Truth. Scripture is full of verses about trusting God, surrendering fear, and doing good for others. We absolutely must cling to these truths. But, we have to keep Scripture in its proper context, or we will miss the truth of God’s Word.
We also need to do something more than posting verses and quotes on social media. I have to admit, I am struggling with this right now. I’m a natural introvert and actually like the idea of hiding in my home and limiting how many people I see. So many people need assistance right now, though, and I feel like we have an opportunity to serve others well.
- Run errands for someone who is uncomfortable going out.
- Share educational resources and ideas with parents whose children will be learning at home for the next couple of weeks.
- If you are able, consider watching a child for someone who still has to go to work.
- Rather than hoarding supplies, be willing to share with those in need.
- Check-in with people so they don’t feel alone.
- Get creative within your community, serving based on your individual gifts and abilities.
And if you can’t do any of these, that’s okay, too. Be willing to ask for help and let others serve you.
It is easy to become cynical, jaded, and annoyed because of all the sudden change. I personally struggle with change a lot. Change beyond our control creates fear and anxiety. The idea of being uncomfortable and changing my routine is a little terrifying, honestly. But, we have an opportunity right now to take a step back, evaluate our priorities, and purposefully live our faith. If we use this time to refocus our priorities, deepen our relationships, and serve others, we will find that our faith thrives in the midst of the crisis.