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March 29, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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It’s unimaginable—a worldwide pandemic in modern times. But while this global viral outbreak is creating chaos and confusion in people’s lives, it’s also fueling inspiration, gratitude, and compassion in the Church, driving Christians to help one another and love on their neighbor in times of crisis.
History tells us viral infections such as the Coronavirus are not new to mankind, nor is the human desire to help people, most especially, its vulnerable citizens. Throughout the early Christian history, when many Christians faced not only persecution by the Roman government but also mass sickness, many followers of Jesus took on the opportunity, individually and collectively, to do good.
When the pandemics hit, in spite of the challenges they faced, Christians were motivated by Jesus’ eternal hope and boldly went out using their faith as a shield. They cared for one another and for unbelievers, too. Meanwhile, the Roman government and leaders did nothing, leaving the widows and the elderly behind and the sick to die without care.
Most of you may know how this story unfolds . . . In an ironic twist of fate, it was the Christian movement that changed the world. Alvin J. Schmidt describes the scene in his book, How Christianity Changed the World.
“This Christ-motivated humanitarian behavior, so admirably displayed by early followers, also introduced ‘the notion that because God loves humanity, Christians cannot please God unless they love one another.’ This, as Rodney Stark puts it, was revolutionary.”
And it can be again.
God loves and cares for all people. He is full of compassion and mercy, particularly for those in need. And He calls us to take care of the needy, as well as reach out and show His compassion to our neighbors. Are you up for the challenge?
Outreaches are being created every week, and here are some that you may be interested in:
For more info on these and any upcoming outreach opportunities, visit CalvaryFTL.org/Covid-Outreach.