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Opinion / Religion - August 3, 2020

Mike's World View by Mike Henry

I've noticed that the vast majority of coronavirus deaths are among the elderly, many of whom are in care facilities. I've visited enough nursing homes to know that many of our end-of-life seniors, especially if they are Christian and have the hope of eternal life, are ready to go. One dear elderly lady asks the Lord every morning, "Why am I still here?" The answer is that we don't believe in euthanasia, but rather in God's time to take us home.
My dad enjoyed reasonably good health well into his 80s and even said that he'd like to live to be 100, but at age 90 his health went downhill fast. My brother asked him if he still wanted to live to 100; he said, "No!" I once heard a preacher say, "The question is not how long you live, but how you live, and most important, if you've placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ." Our Lord only lived to age 33, but accomplished all that He set out to do.
Some are acting like the death of our elderly from coronavirus is completely unacceptable and that we should shut down in order to prevent it. The Christian view is that death is the result of man's sin and inevitable. This virus is a confirmation of what the Bible says about the Fall and Curse. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The important thing is to, by faith, lay hold of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
If you're unsaved, you should fear the virus, but if you're saved, not so much. Paul wrote in Phil. 1:21, "For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." And in I Cor. 15: 55-57, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
I am not suggesting that we open our nursing homes to the virus; I'm only offering a Christian worldview perspective.

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