Are you a Christian? Are you utterly frightened to death to come down with Covid-19? How do those two conditions co-exist? Can and should Christians have such a fear of this virus? What does the Bible say about such fear? Jesus said to the church in Smyrna in Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Some may say that He was speaking of persecution, and that is true. But is there a difference in persecution “unto death” and a virus that may bring death? What was Jesus’ admonition? “Do not fear!” A command not to fear. In addition, He says, “Be faithful” even if it leads to death. Can the same not be said of the virus? Should we fear so?
Every Christian who has such a consuming fear should devote some serious time to thinking about why he does. There are two reasons that are dangerous. The first is loving this world too much. Paul was hard pressed as to whether it was better for him to die or to live. In the midst of the struggle, he said in Philippians 1:23, “For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Is there any Christian who would rather stay here on earth than be with Christ? Remember what James said in James 4:4, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” If our love of this world is so strong that we fear dying and being with Christ, there is a problem with our faith.
Second, does a consuming fear represent faith in God? In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus says three times, “Do not worry!” Another command. Such worry and anxiety is sinful because it shows a lack of faith in God. Matthew 6:27 “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” What does our worrying accomplish for us? Does it protect us from the virus? In no way. As our fear strengthens, our faith weakens.
It is sensible to take precautions according to our susceptibility to risk. It is not sensible to be consumed with fear that we might get the virus and we might die. Instead, put your faith in God. Trust Him. Have faith in His promises and live for Him. He will take care of you whatever happens. Or are we also in love with this world such that we want to stay in it? Think on these things.