Does our title intrigue you? Then you’ll want to look at the latest from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their title is Three Positives from COVID-19.
It was written by one of ICR’s creation scientists with the splendidly biblical name of Sarah St. John. We think this is her first post for ICR. At the end of her article we’re told: “Sarah St. John is Accounts Receivable at the Institute for Creation Research.” Most impressive! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is no surprise to God. God knew about this pandemic before the dawn of His creation. [What?] Some people may question why God allows such suffering, but let’s not forget that pandemics are just another symptom of a greater disease: sin.
Sin was foreseen before creation began? Think about that, dear reader. Anyway, Sarah says:
Pandemics such as these are ultimately a result of living in a sin-cursed world after the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. [It was inevitable!] While many of us may be distressed and frightened during this season, what if we refocused instead on the positives that we might otherwise overlook?
Great idea! Sarah tells us about the positives:
First, as the virus spreads, the gospel is also spreading. [That’s wonderful!] Many, if not all, churches have had to close their doors due to shelter-in-place orders. But, as the saying goes: When God closes a door, He opens a window. In this instance, a browser window. Many churches are turning to services online, including my own church. I have enjoyed watching my Facebook feed fill with my friends’ various online church services each Sunday. In addition, these online services are also filling the Facebook feeds of non-Christians. These services are being broadcasted around the globe. [Wow!] Yes, the coronavirus is spreading. But, as a result, so is the gospel, and during a season when some might be more receptive to the gospel than ever.
That’s only the first benefit from the coronavirus. There are still two more! Sarah continues:
Second, individuals are spending more time with their families than they might have in years. Many schools are closed, and many parents are working from home, while others are homeschooling their children. This extra family time is allowing for more face-to-face conversations, contributing to creativity to combat cabin fever, and encouraging us to enjoy creation as we spend more time outdoors together.
That’s terrific! And there’s still one more to go. Here it is:
Which leads me to my final point. Third, for the first time in a long time, instead of more screen time, children are becoming bored with being cooped up inside and are playing outside more than customary. Adults and children alike are going for walks and exercising outdoors. More people are spending time in God’s creation, and perhaps seeing it with undistracted eyes, and therefore appreciating it now more than ever.
Amazing, isn’t it? The virus is punishment for sin, but ICR can still find good in it. What great folks they are! Sarah finishes with this:
While a pandemic is never a good situation, we’ve seen it happen time and time again that God has a way of creating good out of bad. [Scripture quote.] In the midst of suffering, let’s remember the God who entered into suffering Himself, and can bring good out of any evil.
Very inspirational. Now, dear reader, get out there and embrace the situation — because it’s good!
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