Here are Martin Luther’s thoughts on The Black Death plague — which perfectly applies to the recent virus crisis:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”GO HERE to read my thoughts on the coronavirus along with sound wisdom from C.S. Lewis on the subject of how Jesus-followers are to act and react in the face of an international threat.
* Luther’s Works, volume 43, p. 132 in the letter entitled, “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess. HT to Justin Farr.