The coronavirus is all anyone is talking about . . . and we have a choice to make.
Two decades ago, we had a choice to make in another time of great uncertainty. With the impending approach of Y2K, would we respond in faith or fear? I argued then that this was an incredibly important moment for a balanced Christian response. Neither downplaying nor running for the hills. Not getting trapped in making predictions, but preparing to be a blessing as needed. I argued that the church, in particular, should be the people who were stepping into a time of worry or crisis, rather than those who were checking out.
My Y2K book sold 300,000 copies in 4 months, not because it was so well-written (as my first book, written in just two months, I’m sure it wasn’t!) but because I believe God wanted the Christian community to hear the call to prepare to be a blessing.
I will argue the same today.
As the media bombards our ears and hearts with news of the COVID-19 pandemic, how can we as followers of Christ make a difference? At this moment in time, when we are facing a level of daily life and financial disruption that most of us have never experienced before (wholesale closure of schools, businesses and entire industries), we have to pull our attention off our own situation (and the news feeds!) and look up and ask where God wants us to invest our time for His eternal purposes.
I wrote an op-ed for Religion News Service to share this perspective. Read on, to find out ways you and I can be a light to others during this coronavirus panic—and please share the op-ed as widely as possible with others.
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Shaunti Feldhahn loves sharing eye-opening information that helps people thrive in life and relationships. She herself started out with a Harvard graduate degree and Wall Street credentials but no clue about life. After an unexpected shift into relationship research for average people like her, she now is a popular speaker and author of best-selling books about men, women and relationships. (Including For Women Only, For Men Only, and the groundbreaking The Good News About Marriage).
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