A Plague of Judgment?
Is Coronavirus a plague from God as judgment on a sinful people?
Some are sure that it is. Some are pretty confident it's not. Many in the middle tap their finger to their chin and cautiously say, "Could beeeeee ...."
Then, in effort to land on one side or the other, we trace the implications of either view. If so, which sin(s) committed by which people? What should we do to lose this curse? Why now and not before? If not for judgment, then is God even in control? Does this mess serve no purpose? Fill in your own questions here.
These questions are unanswerable with any confidence, or if you do answer with confidence, I think you're overstating your case. Have an opinion, fine, but we can't know with certainty.
I think these are fair questions to ponder, but since we cannot light upon a definitive answer, perhaps other, more answerable questions deserve more of our thought:
- How does God always want His image bearers to respond to any calamity?
- Where should my peace come from if not my circumstances?
- Why does God ever allow us to suffer the general effects of the fallenness of this world?
- What word of hope does my neighbor need?
- How can I model for my family and church the security we have in Christ?
- What is worse than getting sick or even dying? So what?
- What do I have right now to be thankful for?
- What should I set my mind on?
Theoretical questions are fine - I enjoy them. We must, however, ponder the practical questions as well. We can find answers to these questions even without knowing the answers to the more theoretical.
I don't have to have an opinion on God's judgment in order to react to what God has allowed for whatever purposes He may have.
(image: By Akhmas Malik - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39897971)