Almost Half of Americans See These Times as a “Wake-Up Call” to Return to God
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Turns out that one positive thing about COVID-19 is that people are turning to the Bible.
The Joshua Fund interviewed 1,000 people (secular and Christian) about how they’re coping with the global pandemic and their responses are encouraging.
According to Faithwire:
Notably, some 44% of Americans polled said they see the global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown as a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” and as “signs of coming judgment.”
In addition, some one-in-five non-Christians (21.5%) polled said the crisis is causing them to “start reading the Bible and listen to Bible teaching and Christian sermons online even though they usually don’t.”
The Joshua Fund’s findings seem to echo what Paul says about the Spirit discerning the mysteries of God in 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 (NIV):
No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The virus has changed the quality of life for many people around the world, including Christians. However, the pandemic allows a unique opportunity for the body of Christ to be the hands and feet of Jesus and move serving outside of the church walls.
For example, Life.Church pastor Greg Groeschel and Bobby Gruenewald, YouVersion founder, were quarantined in early March after exposure to COVID-19. Their attitudes reflects that of The Joshua Fund’s findings as they “focus on ministry” and Jesus’s truths in this time.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have been isolated in our homes the entire time, even limited from interaction with our families,” said Gruenewald. “We have no symptoms, and someone is checking on us regularly. In the meantime, we’re making the most of this time to focus on ministry work and look forward to getting back to our normal routines.”
Praise the Lord for this “wake up call.” Perhaps the Lord really is bringing revival to our world during 2020.