March 22, 2020

I’ve had two of my blog readers and two of my family members ask me if I thought COVID-19 (THE CORONAVIRUS) was the wrath of God being poured out on the whole earth.

I guess that because I pastored for 50 years and have studied religion extensively, that some people may think I know the answer to that question. Well, I don’t.

After being asked that question, I asked a question:  “Why would you think this virus is the wrath of God?” They asked another question:  “Hasn’t God done things like this before when people sinned and rebelled against Him?”   “Good point,” I replied.

Let’s look at that thought, for a moment in order to get an answer to the question.  What great judgments has God brought upon humans when they sinned in the past?  The Bible is full of examples.

Before citing some of these examples, let me share a quote from George Santayana (1863-1952), who taught philosophy at Harvard.  He said, “Those who do not learn history, are doomed to repeat it.”

One more thing before citing examples of God’s judgment.  People have asked me if God caused judgments or just allowed them to happen, as with Job?  That’s a good point, because Job was a upright man according to God’s own statement.  The trials of Job were simply a test allowed by God, and God put parameters on what He would let Job suffer.  We know the story:  Job passed the test and God blessed him tremendously.

So what judgments DID God cause? 

From the very beginning of humankind, God brought judgments.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Sin),  He drove them from the garden.  Also, man would have to make his living by the sweat of his brow and the woman would suffer pain in childbirth.  And there were other consequences, too.

Not long after mans’ existence on earth began, God said man was so wicked that He would destroy them with a flood. All would die except Noah and his family. (Gen. 6).

Then there was Sodom and Gomorrah and several other cities of the eastern plain.  God destroyed them with fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24).

When Egypt mistreated God’s people, God said He would kill the firstborn of all Egypt (Gen. 12:12).

2 Peter 2 states much of what God has done to people when they sin.

So, do we think America has sinned?  And the rest of earth too?

In 1994,  Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa of Calcutta), was invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast.  I watched this speech when it happened (you can watch it still on the internet).  Mother Teresa said, (and I will paraphrase for brevity) “A country that sanctions the murder of little unborn babies, God will not continue to bless.”

Are we guilty of that charge?  Yes, indeed.  The U.S Supreme Court made abortion the law of the land in 1973.

Then, during President Obama’s tenure he worked hard to bring about same-sex marriage.  He overturned Clinton’s “In Defense of Marriage Act.”

Obama lied when he was first campaigning, saying he believed marriage was between one woman and one man.  After same-sex marriage became legal, Obama was heard telling some of his supporters that he had wanted to see same-sex marriage made legal ever since he was in law school.

What I’ve listed are just some of our modern-day sins.  We are taught that we reap what we sow.  And sometimes innocent people must suffer, too, as we are also told in the Bible it rains on the just and the unjust.

I’ll let you be the judge as to whether the Covid-19 virus is the wrath of God on an ungodly world.  Could anyone blame God if it is? 

Whether the virus was sent by God or not, it has certainly gotten the attention of everyone on earth. There are many problems associated with this virus – financial ruin, poverty, unemployment, quarantines, sickness, and even death.

But there are worse things than death.  Who would want to face the wrath of God in the final judgment?

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley