The Real Viral Threat is Carnal Fear


We are in yet another pandemic. Maybe we should have seen this coming, because the last time a nasty Coronavirus jumped species (animal to human), it was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused by CoV-2 in 2002-04. This, too, seemed to originate in China, but with only 774 deaths worldwide, it was not the virulent form of  Coronavirus that Covid-19 is. In fact, the USA dodged a bullet in 2002 with 29 cases and no deaths.

The current pandemic is much worse. This Coronavirus has a much longer timeframe where those who are either sick or just newly infected without any symptoms are still very contagious. While many who get Covid-19 will have a mild form of this disease, many who are elderly and/or immune-suppressed or compromised host are in serious danger of succumbing to this illness.

All things considered, the CDC and the NIH experts have been doing a good job with this pandemic. With the exception of a slow rollout of test kits with a shortage of the reagents needed to complete these tests and a shortage of hospital respirators that no one could have foreseen, we are handling this quite well.

What has not helped our situation is the fear and panic that has accompanied this viral outbreak. If I did not know that in 2020,  flu deaths could equal or surpass the 2018-2019 season's 34,200 flu-related deaths and that overall, the CDC estimates that 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010 can be blamed on the flu, I too might be more apt to panic.

This is a new virus, unlike anything we have seen in the Corona family. What might seem like the common cold could also be the Coronavirus. Fear has caused shortages in masks and toilet paper, as well as certain grocery items. You cannot find Airborne anywhere, and Amazon says no orders can be filled until April 24, 2020. Are these fears reasonable? Well, not if you know that masks will not keep you from contracting the Covid-19. They can prevent a sick person from spreading the virus to others. Gowns, gloves, masks, and face shields can help medical personnel maintain their health and prevent them from becoming sources of the Covid-19 themselves while ministering to the sick.

Stockpiling certain essential medical supplies out of baseless fear is not helpful in this time of crisis. What is crucial is following the CDC guidelines. I just received a postcard from the POTUS outlining these precautions. Thank you, President Trump, for that reminder.

As a retired Medical Technologist who lived through the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, I understand just how scary new diseases can be. I once overheard a physician saying, "I would not examine one of those patients (we didn't even have a name for their condition when he said this) without a NASA spacesuit. Coming from someone who is supposed to understand universal precautions and the rigors of reverse isolation, I was stunned. Especially since, because they were in reverse isolation, no phlebotomists only licensed Medical Technologist were allowed to draw their blood.

If ignorance breeds fear in the natural scheme of things, what about the spiritual applications. Those of us who been born of God's Spirit should not be reacting to this trial and tribulation in fear. To do so will put us and our loved ones in a dangerous place. We should all be responding to this trial in faith. Faith that God's perfect love will cast this carnally based fear out of our lives, I John 4:18.

In the Bible we find the word  FEAR NOT  366 times. One "fear not" for every day of the year and an extra one for leap year. Follow the guidelines, remember that there are 366 "fear nots" in the King James Version Bible. Yes, just like someone counted the 613 commandments in Law of Moses, someone also counted the fear nots. There is one "fear not" for every day of the year and an extra one for leap year.  So, remember, God has got you covered. His promise that all things will work together for your good and His ultimate glory should comfort us in these dangerous times.  Not all things are good. This pandemic is not good, but our heavenly Father promises that it will work together for our ultimate good.

We are privileged to be able to see the end from the beginning. That's the eternal perspective, and it comforts us to know that regardless of our circumstances that we are more than conquerors through Messiah who loves us.

We are privileged to be able to see the end from the beginning. That’s the eternal perspective and it comforts us to know that regardless of our circumstances that we are more than conquerors through Messiah who loves us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD, Rom. 8:35-39.

Submitted by Pastor Steve Rowitt, Ph.D.