Category Archives: Neighborhood Life

In Matthew 23, Jesus commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. How many of us know our neighbors? And how do we love them?

A Virus Worse Than Ebola

Fear, panic, and concern is flooding the hearts of Americans, particularly those that live in Texas. A few weeks ago, a man infected with the Ebola virus entered a hospital in Dallas and as a result, two healthcare workers are now infected as well. People are desperate to understand this virus, but more importantly, how can they avoid it. Schools are closing, apartments and airplanes are being decontaminated, people are quarantined, and patients refuse to enter the hospital where the Ebola patient once resided.

“What are we afraid of?” is a question that keeps playing in my mind. Are we afraid to die? Are we afraid to get sick? Are we afraid our loved ones will die or get sick? The last time I checked, the death ratio is at an all time high of 100% (unless you are Moses or Elijah). Jesus even experienced death.

As I process the Ebola “crisis,” I’m reminded of a stark truth. There is a disease that is worse than Ebola. We are all infected with it and all of us are dying from it. We contracted this disease from our parents who contracted it from their parents. This virus is called sin. Most of us can’t recognize it because the symptoms vary. These symptoms include unbelief, lust, pride, arrogance, selfishness, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, and jealousy to name a few. The virus destroys first and foremost our relationship with God. It separates us from Him for all eternity. It demolishes our relationships with one another and devours our souls. It is a serious virus but no one seems to be quite as concerned about it.

Recently, Dr Kent Brantly (the man who contracted the Ebola virus), donated his blood to one of the nurses so she can benefit from the antibodies in it. She was given a blood transfusion and now she feels better. This example reminds me of the vivid picture when Jesus Christ eradicated the sin virus. He shed His blood which infused the Holy Spirit in our souls in to save us. Our bodies will eventually die but our souls received the transfusion of the Holy Spirit in order to live. This transfusion gives us access to living with God forever. And while we live here on earth, the transfusion of the Holy Spirit in the veins of our souls brings healing from fear, jealousy, anger, selfishness, pride and any other form of this virus.

We have a CURE for sick and dying souls! We’ve been given LIFE! So, why aren’t we going to Jesus to heal our souls from the virus of sin? We have the antibiotic of the Holy Spirit running through the bloodstream of our souls, but why aren’t we telling others about it? Why are we not panic stricken that people’s souls are being devoured by the sin virus and the only cure is the blood of Christ?

Jesus said,”For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’ Mark 8:35-37 (NIV)

May we be panic stricken and grieved that the sin virus is eating away at people’s souls!! And may we move to action to tell others about the cure..the ONLY cure…Jesus Christ!