I recently took a trip back to America and was surprised at how much Ebola was talked about. If I mentioned to anyone where I had traveled from, their immediate question was “wasn’t I worried about getting Ebola?” , trying not to get into the minor detail of how far away South Africa was from the actual outbreak I would just smile.
I’m not going to lie, traveling through 3 international airports, Ebola did cross my mind. Everyone is talking about it, it is a worrisome topic no doubt. I read the articles from the liberal media: the political outrage, the worry for our US citizens, the scandal of flying in good a Samaritan doctor back to America. Then I read Christian’s status and comments, they are very similar.
Should we have the same response and feelings as the world to Ebola? This has been a question I have thought about often over the past month. I really think we as Christians, should respond differently.
It shouldn’t be just about America.
Did you know that over 4900 moms, dads, brothers and sisters have died from Ebola outside of the United States?
Did you know that just last week, Ebola spread to the 6th West African country?
Did you know that even if a cure existed most people in West Africa couldn’t afford it?
Do we think about the fact that in West Africa the Islamic religion is the predominate religion and is increasing daily?
Are we familiar with our missionaries serving in those regions, do we pray for them and their families by name?
We have heard every name of those infected with the disease in America, do we know one name of someone suffering with Ebola in Africa? I don’t.
It shouldn’t cause us great fear.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
We should have a peace that God is in control, we should have a peace that others cannot understand unless they have this wonderful relationship with the One who created us and in His time will bring us to heaven with Him.
It should cause us great urgency.
In the book of Matthew Jesus mentions some things that signal His return could be soon, one of them being pestilences, an epidemic of deadly disease.
Instead of just thinking about how this disease is affecting our country, those we love within our borders, we as Christians should be inspired to great urgency. We may not have much longer to share His Gospel with those that haven’t heard. We were given a platform with the bold stance of Dr Kent Brantly when he told the world he knew that it was Christ who spared his life. But instead of focusing on this wonderful news, we focused on the politics of whether he should have been allowed to return to America or not.
Even if Christ’s return isn’t before the end of our lifetime, we need to remember that the lifetime for many West Africans is expiring sooner then later. This disease should cause us to think on this part of the world, not only for humanitarian aid but because they are dying so quickly right now without Christ. I haven’t figured out the solution myself, I don’t think we should all jump on a plane and readily get Ebola but I do think they should constantly be in our prayers. Those that were and are willing to go shouldn’t be shunned but applauded. Our prayers, our finances, our resources should be available to help those dying without Christ, not so much to cure them of this disease, though that would be great, but to give them the opportunity to escape hell.