Everybody is wondering the same thing: With all the confusion about this coronavirus that’s going around, what’s the opinion of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else? Well, today you have the answer.
Ol’ Hambo just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Coronavirus: Opportunity for the Church to Be the Hands of Christ. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Recently, my good friend Dr. Andrew Fabich, professor of microbiology at Truett McConnell University [a bible college], wrote an article about ways to keep safe, avoid panic, and trust God as we watch and wait out the well-publicized coronavirus outbreak. In this follow-up piece, used with his and Truett McConnell University’s permission, Dr. Fabich challenges churches to get people involved in practical ways to do things the church should scripturally always be doing anyway, particularly in times of crisis.
The earlier article Fabich wrote was posted a week ago at the AIG website, but we didn’t notice it then. Here it is: Coronavirus: A Biblical & Practical Perspective. Now Hambo is giving us a new article Fabich wrote. Here it comes:
I’m convinced that this coronavirus outbreak is possibly the greatest outreach opportunity for the church worldwide. [Ooooooooooooh!] The coronavirus has covered the globe and, thus, brought missions to our own turf. [Missions?] The church needs to respond to the current situation sensibly and centered around the gospel. Here are some things we should be doing during this time of worldwide panic.
Fabich is thrilled because the coronavirus outbreak is a great opportunity for the church. He lists three things the church should be doing:
1. Put together a medical mission team in your church for a local response …
2. Purchase as many personal hygiene products that are currently in high demand. We need to quit making memes about the shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer worldwide and begin to realize that people perceive these items as a need. Churches should stock up on these supplies for distribution to their local communities. … It just makes sense to promote good personal hygiene because it is ultimately derived from a biblical worldview.
3. Have someone creative and biblical write a tract for distribution to each person receiving the personal hygiene products. What a travesty to meet people’s physical needs and neglect to tell them about their most important spiritual need: a relationship with the Creator Redeemer Jesus Christ. …
The church should hand out both toilet paper and bible tracts. Wonderful advice! The Fabich article continues:
Everyone is talking about the coronavirus, so why should the church remain silent and not offer solutions instead of bemoaning the current panic. The church is called to be salt and light to this world (Matthew 5:13–14). We can be salt by promoting personal hygiene during this time of crisis. And we can be light to those in spiritual darkness, exposing their sin problem and sharing Christ.
After that great information, Hambo finishes his post by telling us:
I’m grateful for other believers, like Dr. Fabich, who are always looking for ways to emulate Christ through serving and, more importantly, to give others what they need most: the gospel, knowing the Lord will provide.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know what you should be doing during this crisis. So what are you waiting for? Grab some toilet paper and go do it!
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