Letter of the Day | Trust God, science to see us through COVID-19
THE EDITOR, Madam:
As we continue to contend with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, we mourn the lives lost, and we empathise with those who are suffering as a result of this disease. We commend and pray for our health professionals, security forces, spiritual leaders, and others who have been serving selflessly on the front line.
The New Testament Church of God is committed to doing all it can to help in the fight to curtail the spread of this virus, and, ultimately, to win the battle against it.
We therefore call upon Jamaicans to act responsibly and neighbourly in this season. There are some Christians who, when they reflect on COVID-19 and the vaccines, are convinced that something sinister is at work to derail God’s mission in the world.
As a church, we do not purport to possess expertise in medical science, neither will we attempt to answer all the spiritual implications of the virus and the vaccines. We can, however, give the following assurances and guidelines to the community of faith and others:
1. God is in control of world events.
2. The Sovereign Lord loves and cares for humanity.
3. Scientific knowledge comes from God.
4. We continue to unite in prayer, asking God to direct scientists to innovative solutions for this disease.
5. We give thanks that potential solutions in the form of multiple vaccines have emerged.
6. Vaccines have always been used in the battle against diseases.
7. Make every effort to obtain credible information about the vaccines.
8. Endeavour not to be swayed by conspiracy theories and frightening testimonials from questionable sources.
9. Biblical understanding does not allow us to conclude that the vaccine is a ploy to get believers to receive the mark of the beast, referred to in the Book of Revelation. The mark of the beast is about disloyalty to Christ, and deliberate decisions about worship and lifestyle.
10. Continue to adhere to the protocols established to protect us from this virus. It is an act of Christian discipline to wash and sanitise your hands, wear masks, avoid crowds and practise physical distancing when in public places.
In this time of crisis, God’s mission in the world remains unchanged. The words of the Apostle Paul to the believers in Philippi can become our guiding light in this season:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
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The New Testament Church of God, Jamaica