As the coronavirus brings the world to a halt, Franklin Graham has challenged Christians to be the difference.
With churches closed, sports canceled for the season – even Starbucks won’t let you drink coffee in their stores – the opportunity to share our faith has never been so opportune.
This is without the worry of jobs disappearing as businesses are severely hit. Now is the time to pray and show our faith to a world that is in serious (overnight) pain.
“Many years ago, the great writer and theologian A.W. Tozer made this profound statement, ‘A scared world needs a fearless church,’” Franklin Graham stated on Facebook. “ That is so true. During this time with the coronavirus, fear is gripping the hearts of people around the world. There is a mountain of anxiety and alarm, and it is still building.
Graham encouraged Christians to be the difference at a time when people are highly vulnerable and this open to the Gospel.
“It is as real as the virus itself—but it is treatable,” he said. “There are people in need that we can reach out to help. Like a fireman runs to the fire, the church needs to respond to crises around us. We who are the church need to stand up and be the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“During these days of less group activity and gatherings, we could all take time to call and check on the elderly or others who are alone. Maybe you could offer to drop off some food or necessities they might need.
“Talking with someone on the phone, listening to what they are going through, and most importantly, praying with them, could change not only their day, but their entire outlook. We need to share the “reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Jesus Christ is our hope, our anchor, our comfort, and our peace. Let’s share His love with as many people as we can, making every day count. Christians, God can use you. The virus isn’t the only thing that’s contagious. What if we had an outbreak of people helping people and a sweeping eruption of prayer?