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God will overcome evil with good 

25th March 2020


Carrie Sant shares with us her thoughts about the current virus crisis, and reminds us of the impact of self-isolation on our young people

Not too long ago, we watched the Ebola outbreak on TV and fully understood why those people in the affected areas in Africa needed to keep their distance from one another and thought that this should be policed to protect the rest of the world. Now it is us who need to be willing to do the same, if anything doing more rather than less than we are being asked
There is a relatively small minority who need to stop being like rebellious teenagers who sassily respond to rules imposed and push boundaries right to the limit, saying, "You can't make me" or Who's going to stop me?" The police and other services have better things to do right now!  Please listen - we need to do what we are told!
Providers of essential services are being put on the front line to fight for us - doctors, nurses, care workers, delivery drivers, police etc. Even people like our refuse collectors - try applauding them on your street this week - they too are at risk! We need to do all we can to protect these workers. Sacrificing planned visits and staying at home where possible to put into action solidarity with those who fight for us in this
Young people in particular need help adjusting right now and if we are wise, then we need to think about how we can help them. Please don't condemn them for not wanting to conform. Spare a thought for those on the brink of independence who really don't want to be stuck indoors with Mum and Dad for potentially weeks on end!
Last week these budding adults, full of hope and promise, were at school, mixing freely with their friends, dancing, flirting, laughing, joking, hugging, and comforting each other – a natural stage of their lives. Today they are almost confined to quarters, although modern technology does mean that many can at least talk on-line. They are being asked to forgo their own needs for the sake of the community, and it must be so hard for them to find the silver lining
Do take time to empathise with and encourage a young person you know whenever you get the chance and perhaps express your gratitude for the sacrifice they are making for the sake of us all
People have been asking me, "Do you think God is punishing us, like it says in the Bible – paying the price of choosing evil?"
The biggest evil in our society, as I see it, has been our love of money and our greed and selfishness in the way we use it. As the result of this I feel we have been heading almost irretrievably towards the cliff face of self-destruction. Is this one way in which the whole world has been made to stop and take stock?
It seems that we have been forced to pause, and given the opportunity to take a good look at ourselves and what we value most, and then to be part of a determined response to overcome evil with good
Before we blame the politicians or even the selfish, possibly fearful, shopper that bought too much food last week, or anyone else, we need to take stock. We have been part of a system that demanded goods at low prices, often at the expense of others, particularly in the developing nations, and our nation, among others, has profited from an arms trade that has impacted other lands. Perhaps now we have a breathing space to think long and hard about how we will make our voices heard - and cry out for justice!
So my answer is no - I do not believe God is punishing us. I know He loves us, but He may be allowing this crisis to evolve to give us the opportunity to pause and to save ourselves and each other from destruction before it is too late
I find comfort in the words of Julian of Norwich - "It is in the nature of God to overcome evil with good"
Let us be part of the army overcoming evil with good, not part of the problem. Be safe, kind, considerate, and make whatever sacrifices are necessary

this article also appeared on Network Norfolk

Carrie Sant is a qualified nurse, ordained minister, and trained counsellor with a natural skill for helping people. She describes herself as a self-appointed chaplain to the streets of Norwich 

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