I have a couple reasons for not wanting to blog about Covid-19. Perhaps my most compelling reason is that I honestly don’t think I can bring anything new to the table. Pastors and bloggers have covered every angle that I can think of, including speculations about God’s judgment and the end times that probably shouldn’t be publicly entertained at this point in time.
Such is the nature of evangelical thinking, I suppose.
Yet, having a public blog almost necessitates saying something about the crisis. Why? Because silence would inevitably be misinterpreted as indifference in the demanding sphere of social media, thereby diminishing my credibility as a Christian blogger. Readers would wonder why I didn’t care about a pandemic that has so obviously taken over the entire world.
Could readers trust me to comment on other current events if I said nothing about the biggest global news story in our lifetime? Why should people read anything I write about church history if I fail to acknowledge the most cataclysmic historical event of our own time? Valid questions, to be sure!
Yet, I don’t have any unique slant on Covid-19 to offer, and I hesitate to say what far more perceptive Christians than I have already said. Since only people with Internet connections can read my blog, I think it’s safe to say that my readers have read a wide variety of articles from every conceivable point of view that Christians could possibly take on the topic.
And I suspect that the media saturation with all things Covid-19 might cause readers to welcome blog posts on other matters. I certainly appreciate hearing about other topics, especially when too much talk about this virus tempts me toward the sin of anxiety. Scripture encourages Christians to combat anxiety by redirecting our thoughts to Jesus and His wonders.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. ~~Philippians 4:4-9 (ESV)
So I don’t anticipate writing further pieces about Covid-19. Let’s move on to glorifying the Lord and keeping our minds on Him.