On 20Twenty lately we’ve been talking about the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on mental health. People are hurting right now, and that means people who have never considered religion before could be open to the hope of the Gospel message.
New research has shown that three out of five Australians feel drained by the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Though restrictions are varying in each state and region – jobs, families and relationships remain under constant stress. And as government stimulus is removed, more economic pain is imminent.
Christianity arose in the first century, which was also a time of extreme upheaval, uncertainty, and hardship. Through Jesus’ journey, we meet many struggling people, and watch him bring them comfort. Stu Millar, founder of Train to Proclaim, believes that in a time like this, people who never would have considered religion are looking for good news.
Millar explained that as Christians, we know God is good. “Paul says when he’s had plenty, and when he’s been in want, His grace is sufficient for me. And that’s got to be our attitude as Christians. We rely on God. We trust him, regardless of the circumstances. He doesn’t change.”
“And the great thing about knowing Jesus is He’s our rock. He’s our fortress. We can stand upon him. He can’t be moved. Society can change, but Jesus never changes. He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever.”
“And I think this is a wonderful opportunity for us as Christians, to be able to bring that stability, to bring that hope, even in the midst of crisis, or in the midst of the desperate situation that many of us are finding ourselves in. And say there is hope through Jesus Christ. And you can have that hope too.”
Especially in places like locked down Victoria, Millar says there are a lot of gloomy people about at the moment. When you’re feeling crushed by despair, often a smile is enough to inspire curiosity. “People are going to wonder why are you smiling? What is there to smile about?”