No one knew just a few weeks ago what the extent of the impact of COVID19 would be on a global scale. The impact is beginning to be understood. It will be an impact unlike anything since the second world war. Surpassing even the fallout from 9/11. (which one could argue is STILL being felt) The present situation has gone beyond being a complex problem and is now into the category of chaotic in many locations. (at least in my opinion) There any number of good news sources for keeping up-to-date on the situation and in the western context many resources are available online which help us to understand how to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We know who the most vulnerable are; the elderly, the immuno-compromised and pregnant women. But in places where such information is lacking or where it is mis-leading and dangerous, there is still a very high risk that COVID19 will continue to spread and cause much suffering and death.

Considering the number of very high density large population centers in the developing world we can begin to comprehend how much more damage will be done if this virus begins to infiltrate these locations. We won’t be talking just thousands of deaths but the 10’s if not 100’s of thousands. At this point it seems it’s not IF but WHEN. And considering the weak healthcare systems in these locations one can imagine the horror that could follow.

But taking our thinking even further consider how many locations and people groups don’t even live with the peace/shalom that comes with truly full health through a relationship with our creator through His son Jesus the Messiah.

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Martin Luther on how Christians should respond during plague

This is what Martin Luther said during the bubonic plague of the 16th century:
You ought to think this way: “Very well, by God’s decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.” for the full tract go HERE.

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