The news of the Coronavirus seemed distant just a couple of weeks ago, didn’t it? It seemed isolated to a specific area of China and seemed to have little, if any, impact on our part of the world. Today the news is quite different. A person from Elizabethton has now been diagnosed with the virus on a cruise ship that is docked in Japan. Eastman Chemical Company has announced the impact on its production facility in Wuhan. All of a sudden something that seemed to be far away from us has effects on our lives here in Tennessee.
Scientists are working now to find a solution to this dreadful virus that has taken more than 1,000 lives in the last several weeks and shows little sign of letting up. What in the world does this have to do with church and culture in our day? Could it be a reminder of the spread of a virus called “sin” from a place called Eden? One act of rebellion didn’t seem to be that big at first. Just a couple of folks eating from a tree. Next thing you know we are all impacted by our desire to “know what God knows.”
What is the answer to the Coronavirus? I am far from any such knowledge but am praying an answer is found soon. As far as the “sin virus,” we will discuss that on Sunday as we consider the next question people asked Jesus, “who can be saved?” I look forward to gathering with you then,