The scientific definition of viruses goes far beyond the dictionary one.  However, it appears there is one common thread, they both stress the parasitic aspect of viruses.  They are ultramicroscopic infectious agents which replicate within the cells of a living host without giving any useful return.  In the media’s representation they look to be colorful albeit scary with spikes on them.  Medical researchers continue to debate whether they are actually living organisms or not.  Unlike the trillions of bacteria in a human body, these viruses don’t seem to have any health producing qualities.

The coronavirus of 2020 has caused fear and death throughout the whole world.  It has proved to be extremely contagious and without respect for age, race or culture.  One might call it the Goliath of viruses.  However, like Goliath, it is not invincible.  Several people have had a full recovery.

There are also spiritual viruses that are even more terrifying because they destroy not only the body but also the eternal soul (Mt 10:28).  They are the devil and sin.  They can also look attractive but can invade the mind and conscience of the gullible (Heb 11:33) (2 Cor 11:14).  They are contagious (1 Cor 15:33) and can corrupt good morals.  These spiritual Goliaths are not invincible either.  The weapons to combat them are somewhat similar to those of the physical realm – cleanliness and distancing (Jas 4:7-8) (1 Pe 5:8).

Hopefully the medical community will soon produce a vaccine against the coronavirus.  Thankfully God already introduced a strong spiritual vaccine.  His Holy Spirit lives within the obedient Christian and provides continual strength and protection (Eph 3:17-21).  The viruses both physical and spiritual are mostly invisible, but can be fought with wisdom and faith.  “Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1 Th 4:18).

–Jim Bailey