Martin Luther on How to Respond to a Pandemic

The people who were alive during the time of Martin Luther also faced a pandemic — it came in the form of a plague called The Black Death and it decimated whole communities.  Here’s what Luther had to say about how we should react — it’s off the monthly topic, but certainly pertinent:

“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 inflict 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.”

From a letter to Rev. Dr. John Hess, found in Luther’s Works Vol. 43

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Sin

Martin Luther on God’s Victory Over Death

Martin Luther Quote on the Psalms #2


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