The gospel has guided Christian response to plagues for 2000 years. When plague ravaged Carthage in 250CE and Alexandria in 259CE, Christians in those cities risked their own lives to care for the sick and dying.
While Jehoshaphat was facing a potential military defeat from a foreign enemy who was closing in on Judah, he called out to God saying, “We will stand before this house and before you, for your name is in this house, and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save” (2 Chron. 20:9).
Church members who have sat in the same pews for decades have had to navigate to Facebook, YouTube, or Zoom to participate in worship. Pastors who are skilled at speaking to a room of congregants have had to become instant tech experts and Instagram influencers.
Historically, online education has had many of the same concerns facing churches right now.