See what happens when you have an almost-misleading title? I was getting ready to lambast N.T. Wright over his recent article for Time Magazine – titled “Christianity Offers No Answers.”
Okay, so I bit on the title that was a little clickbaity, and I imagine that there are plenty of polemicists out there who have jumped on N.T. Wright already.
But the gist of his reasoning – ” The ancient doctrine of the Trinity teaches us to recognize the One God in the tears of Jesus and the anguish of the Spirit. ” – and that God does not always answer the question as to “why” is spot on.
I would also charge the other side of the equation – why, with all our societal wickedness, does God not do this more often? Abortion, greed, materialism, disbelief, sexual immorality, laziness – all the sins which our society is guilty – we are not punished temporally according to the measure of our sin.
And that is much of the message of the Cross. We ask why – and we are pointed to a Savior Who says, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
So in a sense, COVID-19 IS judgment upon us – but not in the way we may imagine. It is judgment in the way that the world was broken in the fall of Adam; it is even, in a sense, judgment that is withheld. We get COVID-19. We are owed far worse.
We must use this as a reminder that this world is “groaning” as Wright alluded. The world groans and we are called to answer – to do good and to flee evil and to love our neighbor as ourselves and help people. We cannot neglect ourselves as God’s instruments to call people to Christ and to give them hope and show them that love which we were undeservedly given.
The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent shutdowns have been difficult. Kids have been sent home from school, jobs have been lost, churches have closed, and life has changed. The sacrifice has been shared …