Dear Quail Family,
As we continue to grapple with our response with the Coronavirus we should recall that this, and every other disease that we face, is the result of the fact that we exist in a world that has been damaged and twisted due to sin. Paul says in Romans 8,
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:19-24 (NIV)
When sin entered the world, the result was that the created order, including our bodies, would experience corruption, futility and eventually death. Therefore, all disease is the result of the fact of sin in our world.
I was recently reading a book (written in 2012, way before the current pandemic) in which a doctor compared viruses and the effects of sin. His premise is that sin has its basis in selfishness and that a virus is an example of 100% selfish entity. Here is what he writes…
“…viruses offer a perfect example of the effects of sin. They are not part of God’s original creation… Viruses are based solely on biological selfishness. A virus is a small piece of genetic code (DNA or RNA). It has no ability to give anything, but can only take for itself…
*Our white blood cells on the other hand, are part of God’s creation and operate on the principle of love, self-sacrifice. When an infecting agent enters our body, our white blood cells willingly sacrifice themselves in order to save us. What a contrast, even on a cellular level, of the difference between love and selfishness.” (Dr. Timothy R. Jennings)
The doctor makes several interesting points, but the one that jumped out at me is his observation that while a virus is a mutation that came as a result of sin entering the human experience, our white blood cells are part of creation. I suppose that this observation is correct in that we do not see God going back and retrofitting Adam and Eve for the world that they would face after the fall.
What that means is that even though there was no call for white blood cells to be part of Adam and Eve in a sinless paradise like Eden, God had already equipped them to fight against the diseases that He knew would come. The diseases that we face are not a surprise to God, He has always seen that they would be part of our experience just as He knows that one day we will be returned to the perfection that He has in mind for us.
But the opportunity for us to receive the love of God and choose to freely love him back was so valuable to God that He invested humanity with freewill knowing that even as we would choose badly, He would provide a perfect plan for our salvation and ultimate healing.
In these Pandemic days, we are witnessing the spiritual struggle exemplified in our physical efforts to eradicate this disease. The message of the Lord to all of us is simple – pay attention! Pay attention to both levels of life, the physical as well as the spiritual. There will come a time when our world will be radically changed by God’s power and glory, and disease and death will be no more. But for now, we who follow Christ are called to be stewards of all that we have, live out the principle of love and be representatives of the one who will one day heal all the diseases of those who are part of his family.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Remember to tune into our Palm Sunday worship service this Sunday, April 5th. We will stream on Facebook at 10 am and on the website at 10:30. We are also expanding our online presence to include YouTube.
That is all for now. Take care, be safe and rest in the care of God.
His and yours, Pastor Marc
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