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What Would Martin Luther Say About the Coronavirus?

What does it look like to be a man of valor during the COVID-19 devastation?

While weathering the bubonic plague in the 16th century, Martin Luther gave these words on how best to practically and spiritually overcome the scourge of his day—and ours.

“Very well, by God’s decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.”

If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me. Click To Tweet

“We must pray against every form of evil and guard against it to the best of our ability in order not to act contrary to God… If it be God’s will that evil come upon us and destroy us, none of our precautions will help us. Everybody must take this to heart: first of all, if he feels bound to remain where death rages in order to serve his neighbor, let him commend himself to God and say, Lord, I am in thy hands; thou hast kept me here; thy will be done. I am thy lowly creature. Thou canst kill me or preserve me in this pestilence in the same way as if I were in fire, water, drought, or any other danger. I am… in thy hands in this danger as in any other which might overtake me. Thy will be done.

“My flight alone will not succeed of itself because calamity and harm are everywhere. Moreover, the devil never sleeps. He is a murderer from the beginning [John 8:44] and tries everywhere to instigate murder and misfortune.”

What does it look like to be a man of valor during the COVID-19 devastation? Martin Luther would have had some ideas. Click To Tweet
Brad Smith
Brad Smith is the executive director of Men of Valor International.

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