Since this is a national emergency, a pandemic illness affecting every area of life, we need to ask God some questions.
First, “God, why did you allow this virus to come into being? What are you trying to tell us that we are not hearing in a less troublesome way?”
I hear God saying loudly and clearly, “STOP KILLING EACH OTHER AND START LIVING TOGETHER with self-esteem, in unity, as one family, allowing people to hold non-harmful beliefs, ideologies and persuasions, settle disagreements in agreeable ways.”
We are to accept and honor people from all walks of life, especially those from a different persuasion than our own.
“God, where are you when people become infected [with COVID-19] and in a state of discomfort and close to dying?”
God wants to say, “The same place I was on Good Friday long ago, when my Son, Jesus, was being crucified and in agonizing pain and about to die, and who thought I had forsaken him (which was furtherest from the truth, but his pain was so severe and he was still truly human too.)”
The pandemic was allowed to come into being to awaken appointed and elected leaders both secular and sacred to start changing directions so people, especially the children, can live in peace and not fearful of being killed or abused.
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN! Amen! Amen!
The Rev. Dr. Gene Norris is a former associate pastor at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta.