In the last four weeks, our world has changed dramatically with the spread of COVID-19. The question on many folk's minds is this: When will a vaccine be found to protect us from this terrible virus? I'm confident, given the fact that the entire health care and scientific community around the world is focused on potential treatments and a vaccine, one will come about fairly soon. Already, there are some encouraging signs and the race is on to find a remedy. This is not an incurable disease. There is hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Having said that, I believe it's important that we remind ourselves that the world has been infected with a fair more dangerous and deadly virus than COVID-19. That deadly virus is sin, it's impacted all of humanity and its inevitable outcome is eternal death and separation from God. Every person faces a hopeless end!
The good news is that there is a cure. People need not suffer sin's terrible outcome. God's message of hope is that we are sinners (Romans 3:23), the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), Christ died for our sin (Romans 5:8), and we can be saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Remember that as a non-Christian, they are probably thinking they must work their way to heaven by doing good, being baptized, going to church, keeping the commandments, or taking the sacraments. It is our privilege to explain to them that eternal life is a free gift because Christ already paid the price when He died for us. They have to simply receive that free gift by trusting Christ alone as their only way to heaven.
As we interact with people in our responsible way through social distancing, remember that there is nothing our contacts need to hear more in light of the uncertainty of life than those ten beautiful words that compose the gospel- Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. Let's tell everybody!
I look forward to the day - hopefully soon - when we can meet together in person.