It’s a common saying that “there are no atheists in foxholes,” — at least by some Christian apologists. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not. I’m sure that the experience of war turns some people into believers. But also, it’s true that the experience of war turns some believers into atheists.
This corona virus is going to be similar. Some of the leadership in government is calling this a war–at least by the draft dodgers who talk tough and never fought in a real one. (Yeah, cheap shot. Sue me.)
Some folks (Idris Elba) are saying the corona virus is the earth reacting to global warming. Some people like to mock Elba or others for their views. It’s people just trying to make sense of the world. They make fun of Elba because he doesn’t have faith in Jesus or some other God even though there really isn’t much evidence of the mockers having any true faith either.
During the 1980s, evangelicals and other religious folks said AIDS was god’s judgement on homosexuals–even though innocent heterosexuals and children contracted the disease. Reasonable people think that a virus is an unthinking entity that is no respecter of persons. The transmission of the virus is easily understood. Transmission of the virus and the COVID disease has nothing to do with sinfulness or judgement. Jesus says so in Lk 13:2-5 if you care to look it up.
Where are the TBN preachers who tout their miracles? Where is Paula White? Where is Benny Hinn? Where is Richard Roberts? Where are the rest of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) crowd? Are they in hospitals visiting the sick and raising them from their beds? Haven’t seen any video of it anywhere. I’m sure if it was happening, it would be all over social media. These “healers” seem to be holed up in their mansions hiding from the virus.
The “foxhole” these people choose is their mansion. Or for the less well off, their home in the suburbs. The people in the foxholes? Well, those are the nurses. And the doctors. And the lady at the intake desk. And the janitor cleaning the hospital. And the orderly. And the candy striper. And the cooks at the hospital cafeteria.
When this eventually passes it will be interesting to hear the stories. I’m sure we will hear of some priests, pastors, rabbies, or other clergy who visited the sick and got sick themselves. We certainly have heard of many doctors helping people and contracting the disease. It seems as if there is already a greater number of healthcare professionals who have gotten sick and died from this virus than have clergy.
Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Imagine those who do it for complete strangers.