The COVID-19 scare has gripped the entire world in its clasp and its unprecedented arrival has disrupted all usual patterns of life. With people being driven indoors and the medical community, along with the public sector coming together to limit the consequences of a massive spread, the pandemic has left some food for everyone’s thought. The virus knows no labels, no tags, and no separation based on class, gender, or race. It has affected numerous people across the economic ladder in different parts of the globe. One may even wonder if this is indeed how humanity is taught a lesson – and if this is an end. If not the actual end of the world, the virus may teach us that it is going to be an end of callousness; of bitter rivalry that makes it necessary to find fault even when times are dark.
To tackle the spread of coronavirus, every individual of the collective society must realize that they are responsible for the turn of events that may unfold soon. The duties as a responsible citizen and human being must rush to the fore in these challenging times. There is no scope for selfishness here because you can never view the disease as a game that you can win with tactics of greed and reckless power. Here, it is the unity that matters. Only when people, surpassing their boundaries which are in the form of abstraction-like identifiers, come together and devote ample time towards working for and with one another (at a safe distance), will there be an end to this epidemic.
Even within the governmental arms and administrative structures, there needs to be an inter-departmental approach that will bring together the strengths of each in a collaborative effort. COVID-19 should definitely not be taken lightly. Nor should this be seen as a political opportunity for people to scurry blame at each other.
Forgetting differences, at least temporarily, human beings should reach out for the safety of others very much like them. To encourage healing in a global network of people who are living under the threat of death and sickness, compassion is the only way forward. Looking back at the paths that everyone, as human beings, has traversed, there is a question that rises to the foreground – did it all really matter? What was all that hatred for? Since the present catastrophe reaches practically every human being on earth and awakens him or her to reality, it certainly shows one that the way forward may speak much of peace and stability.
But, simply believing this won’t do the trick. If one can remember the troubles and how unity helped humanity cross the turbulent sea, it wouldn’t be impossible to transform the world. It is not in forgetting, but in remembering that the key lies towards a peaceful and calm order in the world. There can be politics, of course. Interpreting the current catastrophic events through a partisan lens is self-defeating.
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) designated Sunday, 29th March as a Global Day of Prayer and Fasting. The body representing 600 million evangelical Christians worldwide offers on its website a prayer and fasting guide, and calls all Christians to “encourage one another is by sharing stories of faith and hope as we walk through troubles together” on a Facebook group opened for this purpose. See more: http://evangelicalfocus.com/world/5204/Covid19_Global_Day_of_prayer_and_fasting_announced
Is this the end of the world and humanity, of course not? “The worldwide hate-mongering and the upheaval caused by the fast-spreading novel coronavirus pandemic has many people reaching for their Bibles, and some starting to wonder: Could this be a sign of a biblical apocalypse. Is the virus a biblical sign foretold by the Book of Revelation, scores of Christian conspiracy theorists have claimed? Many Christians, however, believe this virus is a much worse harbinger of a death foretold centuries ago in the Bible. According to literal interpretations of the Bible, widespread plagues, calamities, and natural disasters will strike the world in the end days”.
But, it’s time for it to be put on hold just for a while because at the moment, there are lives at stake – not arguments to be won.
As this virus continues to spread on six continents, we as Christians pray to God. Even when Churches are closing for the safety of their communities, Our American spirit “stirs up courage, strength, and inspires personal responsibility and integrity. Do not be afraid!
Social media is a way we can all communicate together even pray. Have we discovered a way to have community unity, with an all common goal? The chaos over our President the divide between democrats and republicans we need to come together or perish.
“Some women fear the fire some women simply become it.” -R.H. Sin. You always have a choice of what you want to be, what you want to do, how you want to live, and where you want to go. Me, I like to think I become the fire – the fighter. We as Americans will overcome this as we have before, trust me.