The Illusion of Safety
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
The other day I was watching my son run up our yard, playing in the overdue warmth, and I had the thought, “How safe is he.” Safe from coronavirus, safe from a global pandemic, and safe from this world he knows very little about. But then it hit me: there is an illusion of safety that we rural Vermonters can fall prey to. Granted, social distancing in the Northeast Kingdom is a lot easier than in lower Manhattan, but there is a spiritual contagion that has infected all of us, irrespective of where we live or how isolated we keep ourselves. As Christians, we know this contagion as “sin,” and we also know it has a 100% mortality rate (Rom. 6:23). Because this is true of us all, none of us are safe, not even my eight-year-old son running up the yard. Safety is an illusion. The only place we can safely hide is not behind a bush, not behind a vaccine, not behind the walls of our home or a mask, but in Christ. It is there, in the safety of our Savior, that all threats of sin, death, disease, and the devil have been defeated and vanquished by blood of His cross (Col. 1:20). It is there, hidden in Christ, God’s wrath passes over us and is poured upon Christ our substitute (1 Pet. 3:18). The irony is we may be trying to hide from God’s justice, but the only safe place to hide is in the righteousness of God in Christ (Rom. 3:21-22). May we all flee to Him as our refuge and sing with the saints, “My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my savior and my God.”