Luther on the Coronavirus

From The Annotated Luther, Volume 4: Pastoral Writings, page 404


“You ought to think this way:

‘Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly refuse.

Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.

Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it.

I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.

If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me, and I have done what He has expected of me, and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.

If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely, as stated above.

See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.'”

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