Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Delivering Hope—Across the world’s spectrum people are having spiritual conversations. Today’s tragedies, including the onset of a virulent virus, ought not be diminished. This is a time which invites disciples to listen well, and when asked, offer clear perspectives on spiritual values. Listening first, remains the emphatic rule for spiritual conversations—unsolicited advice—seldom welcome.
In the current context you will be pleased to discover some of the following resources are filled with highly quotable “go-to” references, including ones acknowledged by our most spiritually secular people.
- From Duke University https://www.faithandleadership.com The current landing page features: How Should Christian Leaders Respond to a pandemic? Articles across a wide range of themes with many insights of faith.
- Expressing a bias for action-affirming faith in Christ the following article from Glen Scrivener recounts godly behavior resulting in strong witness for hope in Christ. For perspective he provides insights from disciples in earlier generations dealing with tragic health care crises: Glen Scrivener, Responding to Pandemics: 4 Lessons from Church History, March 16, 2020 https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-lessons-church-history
- Often cited as a reliable source for understanding how the Christian faith developed and impacted society see, including times of immense health crises: Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries. The book is available in paperback from online book sellers.
- Esau McCaulley,The Christian Response to the Coronavirus: Stay Home, when loving your neighbor means keeping your distance. The New York Times, March 14, 2020. Dr. McCaulley is an assistant professor at Wheaton College. At the NYTimes website enter the author’s name.
- https://www.ted.com presents a range of views of the current pandemic and interpretations entirely focused on scientific and humanitarian world-views. At the TED web site using search: enter the word pandemic for resources the editors have assembled. You will also notice the conspicuous absence of a decidedly Christian voice—welcome to our world.
Life Application “…in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)