People are reacting to COVID-19 in all kinds of extreme ways. The worldwide pandemic is making us think things we never thought we would. However, it is also making us believe things we should have already known. Therefore, here are nine things people suddenly believe because of COVID-19 that were already true:

 

#1 The CDC believes people should always be six feet apart and never touch.

Just kidding, but it was worth making all the introverts search my website for a donate button.

#2 American Airlines deciding there should be no middle seat on a plane.

So ends decades of bubble space tyranny. Middle seats on a plane were never middle seats anyway. They were in between, half-seats. I am a pretty big extrovert and even I was always terrified of turning my head to talk to the stranger next to me for fear of accidently kissing them. You go, American.  

#3 The Governor of Florida saying college students should not party on spring break.

When I saw these interviews of why the spring breakers hated being told what to do, I didn’t feel sorry for them. I don’t think we needed a statewide warning to know that nothing good was going to happen there, coronavirus or not.

#4 The Pope announcing people can go directly to God for confession instead of through a priest.

Yes, the Pope has officially made this concession during this difficult time. Really? That’s an amazing revelation. Too bad we can’t do that all the time. Oh wait, Hebrews 4:14-16 and Psalm 32:4-5.

#5 Planned Parenthood should close.

In a national effort to preserve life, Ohio and Texas actually decided to preserve life. Sounds like a great opportunity to come alongside unprepared moms and dads. It seems it is a season for America to honor the sanctity of life in many different ways. I for one am grateful for the respite in the heavenly outcry against our nation for the practice of abortion. 

#6 Americans figuring out they don’t need everything right now.

We have a great reminder that material prosperity does not always mean divine providence. Name one thing before this pandemic Americans wanted and couldn’t get because it wasn’t sold or gone. We could literally have whatever we wanted as long as we had the money. Our level of prosperity can lead to idolatrous materialism and complacent faith and it has. Now our instant gratification is on life support. You know what they call an empty grocery shelf in Papua Indonesia? MONDAY. Life goes on. We’re not entitled to security in this life. We are entitled to the presence of God when we face him with a broken heart and contrite spirit.

#7 Small to medium-sized churches working to have a decent online presence for the homebound and unchurched.

Online church does not replace the physical gathering of the saints of God, but it is still a lot better than nothing. It is a great way to reach people in phases of life where they just can’t physically gather. It is also a great way to reach unchurched people who are not spiritually or mentally ready to be in a crowd of mostly Christians. It’s been really cool to see small to normative sized churches make the necessary changes to continue to proclaim God’s Word within their vital spheres of influence.

#8 Pastors realizing they have to shepherd the flock beyond the main gathering.

I guess we have to reach people outside of a worship service now. Oh wait, we're already supposed to do that. Some pastors have this discipline down and are excelling during this time. Others, under extreme pressure to perfect and mass produce a lively worship service, are about to find out how good a shepherd they really are. It was clear the apostles taught both in public and in private (Acts 5:41-42, Acts 20:20, James 5:14). Jesus was clearly not impressed that he attracted crowds, He was burdened because He did not have enough disciples (Matthew 9:35-38). Pastors have more of an obligation than ever to be about the private ministry of shepherding the flock. Visitation may not be an option, but phone calls and video calls have never been more vital or more appreciated.

#9 Everyone feels they are not in control.

The wind and the sea obey God. He could have stopped this pandemic and He did not. We are told in Romans 8:18-25 that creation is groaning under the weight of the sin of man. Jesus was asked to make sense of natural disasters before and He cautioned His audience against thinking people who die in natural disasters were worse sinners than people who died of some other means (Luke 13:1-5). The point of natural evil is not to lie low and hope you get missed, it is to be soberly aware of the coming judgment of a holy God who will one day call all humanity to account. God is at work reconciling a broken world to Himself through His son Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. He can do it through a pandemic and He can even do it without toilet paper.