Inside Out: Faithful through Plagues

07.29.20 | Martha Manikas-Foster

This isn’t the first pandemic, so it’s natural to wonder how Christians responded in the past. Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine, says that during past plagues Christians often stepped out in compassion. But sometimes they pulled back in fear.

Their stories can comfort and teach us. The greatest lesson, however, is that God didn’t—and doesn’t—step away in times like these. Tait reminds us that nothing, including pandemic, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. 

“We’ve ultimately had to think about that great hope in passages like in Romans 8 where it says that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers, or anything is going to separate us from the love of God. Well, we can put plague on that list,” Tait says. “Plague will not separate us from the love of God. Epidemic will not separate us from the love of God. It has never separated Christians from the love of God in the past.”

Listen to my 10-minute conversation with Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait by choosing the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD option at the top of the page.

Access the Christian History magazine special issue Plagues and Epidemics.

Learn more about Christian History magazine.

Learn about the magazine’s managing editor, Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait.


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