As a Pastor here in California I’ve heard a lot of talk lately from politicians and doctors about flattening the coronavirus curve. And while there’s wisdom to this line of thinking, I also believe it is important that we as Christians do our part to “flatten the fear” as well. This will be especially important as we navigate public life in the midst of Covid-19.
Over the past few months, I’ve had several conversations with people who are very afraid. They are afraid for their health, finances, and children. Many are anxious about schooling, and some are even scared about going out in public. And while there are plenty of reasons to be afraid, I believer there are even more reasons to have hope, to have faith, and to have peace in the midst of these uncertain times.
So, Here Are 5 Things Christians Must Do To “Flatten The Fear” As We Navigate Public Life In The Midst Of Covid-19.
#1. FACE THE FACTS BUT ULTIMATELY PUT YOUR FAITH IN GOD.
As Christians we should never ignore the facts, however, the facts should never inform our emotional state more than our faith in God does. The truth is; “fear cannot abound, where faith abides”. So as long as we keep our focus on God, fear will not be able to get a stranglehold on our emotions.
#2. DON’T BE NAIVE BUT ALSO DON’T BE NEGATIVE
As Christians we should never bury our heads in the sand. But as we continue to face the facts we must find healthy and constructive ways to talk about the realities that exist. The words we say and listen to have a huge impact on our perspective of reality. And this is why it is so important that use our voice to speak words of hope, peace and life into the world around us.
#3. DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO BUT THEN GIVE THE REST OVER TO GOD
While there is a place for making contingency plans for if things go really bad. The Bible tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” And while it is healthy to be wise, discerning and even cautious during this time – we should never allow a spirit of fear to be the primary controlling factor of our behaviors and decisions. Rather, we should do everything that we know to do and then give the rest over to God by refusing to focus on the things that may stir up worry and anxiety in us. “Fear is focusing on the fact that things are out of my hands. While faith is focusing on the fact that all things are in Gods hands!”
#4. BE WISE AND DISCERNING BUT ALSO TRUST IN GOD’S PROMISES
The most repeated command in scripture is “fear not”. The Bible is full of promises that we can run to in difficult times to find comfort and peace. And even when other people are behaving in a way that we deem to be irrational and even harmful – we can trust that God is ultimately in control and will protect us and our loved ones.
#5. SPEND MORE TIME PRAYING THAN YOU DO WORRYING AND ARGUING
It’s easy to get online and argue with people, but for some reason we have a harder time praying for them. It’s also easy to worry about the problems that exist, but for some reason we have a harder time praying about the problems. Prayer however, plays a vital important role in our peace of mind and mental health. “You see, fear is faith in the enemy. And worry is just expecting the enemy to win.” So let’s commit to praying more than we worry and argue.
The Scriptures remind us in Romans 8:31 that If God be for us, who can be against us?
There is no enemy, no disease, no obstacle that can ultimately overpower our God. And while these situations may have caught us by surprise, they never caught God by surprise.
So as the world focuses on flattening the curve, may we as Christians focus on flattening the fear as well!
P.S. * If you believe that our country need to focus more attention on flattening the fear in our world would you consider sharing this. Thank you!