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從聖經看災病與我們的信仰 BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
2020年三月14日 March 14, 2020 – First draft
I am a North American Chinese Christian, currently living in SE Asia.
Pandemic began in Wuhan China; then focus was on China; then China, S. Korea, Iran and Italy; at this point (mid-March 2020) epicenter is Europe, and USA will face reality in next 4-8 weeks.
Covid-19 pandemic = unprecedented.
Yet we are not exactly without precedent. Plague… SARS … MERS … EBOLA…
These disasters remind us of:
Limits of human understanding, despite advances in medicine and technology – esp. the cause of the virus
Scale of human need and suffering
How we are all connected globally
Wonder of human compassion and heroism
Reality of human sin, both individual and corporate
普遍回應與觀點COMMON RESPONSES AND PERSPECTIVES
Many Christians are focused only on their own welfare: they only pray for healing safety.
Escapism/fatalism: there is nothing we can do.
Yes we can analyze and critique responses by governments and international entities.
We can also celebrate heroism of medical workers, delivery workers, etc.
我們的觀點 OUR PERSPECTIVE
What does the biblical, Christian faith AS A WHOLE teach us as to how to interpret this pandemic?
And how to respond?
This implies that the Bible has something to say about:
Meaning of life, sickness, suffering and death
Who God is: what kind of God is our living God
Source of hope and meaning in life
What kind of work we can do NOW
上帝與COVID-19冠型病毒 GOD AND COVID-19
God is a God of mercy. Common grace and Gospel grace.
Purpose: that men and women turn to him.
God is sovereign over life and death.
Purpose: that men and women fear him and turn to him
God is sovereign over the world of nature, from cells to the whole planet.
Purpose: that men and women may submit to his lordship and place our lives under his control.
God is holy and will judge mankind. Our planet is under his curse, despite common grace.
But it is not up to us to interpret the specific, time-space reasons why God judges.
God is gracious and offers cleansing and hope.
Thus: Judgment, yes, but also hope.
Not “cheap hope.”
基督教信仰與 COVID-19冠型病毒 CHRISTIAN FAITH AND COVID-19
Ministry of mercy and compassion.
Love our neighbor: 2nd most important commandment.
What is the goal of life? Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 1:
Enjoy him forever.
What do Scriptures principally teach?
What we are to believe concerning God,
And what are our duties.
Issue of online worship … We need to take precaution.
Obedience, radical discipleship.
Where is source of hope? Kingdom of God will spread vs. Empire of greed…
How to face death.
Are we ready to face death? If not, we are not ready to face life.
What is Gospel?
Not just blessing… yes, indeed, blessing, but …
Not just comfort … yes, indeed, comfort, but …
COVID-19冠型病毒與其他世界事件 COVID-19 AND OTHER GLOBAL ISSUES
Empire vs. Kingdom: why sports, entertainment, stocks crash … and these are reported FIRST?
Globalization – injustice.
Injustice and inequality in education and employment.
中華展望 China Horizon