OPINION

As the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus has caused the United States an unprecedented, devastating loss materially, physically, and mentally some positive effects have still been observed, notably the spiritual awakening, as relayed in a national poll, reported by Washington Examiner.

The Joshua Fund commissioned McLaughlin &Associates to conduct the poll in late March 2020. It targeted 1,000″likely” American voters with a reported margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval according to the media. The respondents were of various ranges of age, party lines, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.

They were queried about their views on the pandemic as well as how they have coped with the distress and fear that they have to face in this time of crisis.

Surprisingly, 44 percent of the polled opined “the coronavirus and resulting economic meltdown is a “wake up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” signs of “coming judgment,” or both.”

The common response was seen in both the young and the elderly of nearly 50% and over 50% (50.9%) respectively. 

Self-identified “secular” Americans (25.4%) also shared the same opinion. The high rate of consent was noted in most communities including the whites, Hispanic American, and African American.

The survey also showed a notable trend of spiritual awakening among non-Christians with 21.5% of respondents indicating that the calamity has sparked their faith in God and spirituality. They detailed that they had started to read the Bible or listen to Bible teachings and Christian sermons online.

It is also noteworthy that the interest grew quite significantly among the young and the middle-aged of 27.5% and 36% respectively when it comes to age criteria.

As for Christians, 40% claimed their growing dedication of time to their belief in God.

Nearly 30% of respondents said they believe “we are living in what the Bible calls the last days.”

Americans’ faith in God is naturally not uncommon as President Trump put it when he designated Sunday, March 15, 2020, a National Day of Prayer amid the fight against the deadly coronavirus, “We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these …” President Trump tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn toward prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”

And if an act of self-reflection could be promoted in response to the warning “All natural disasters can ultimately be traced back to sin,” of Christian minister Robert Jeffress, quoted by The Atlantic, that might be the best notable silver lining of this disaster.