Summary: Could a STAPH infection actually be a good thing? It can when it is a spiritual STAPH infection!
OUTBREAK! TEXT: LUKE 8:43-48
Opening: There are certain words and terms that can strike fear into all of mankind: “The Plague” is one such term. Others words like “epidemic” and even the word “Outbreak” creates panic. Down through the sands of times, these words have been used far too often………. and the ramifications of words like these have stood in the remembrance of history.
I am sure that all of had to learn this story in our history classes. In the middle of the 14th century, there was an “outbreak” in Europe known as the “The Plague”. It was later earned the nickname: “The Black Death”. From 1347 to 1351, four short years,….. at least 75 million people were believed to have perished from this pandemic outbreak.
In 1918, there was another “outbreak”……this one was nicknamed the “The Spanish Flu”. It did not last long and within one year it had completely ran its course. However, it was believed that if this outbreak had not quickly found its demise…..it would have had the capacity of claiming over 1/3 of the earth’s population. In 2009, this “Spanish Flu” reared its ugly head once again……but with different names. By some, it was called “H1N1”……..but the media and probably most of us were calling it “the Swine Flu”.
1981 is another year that went down in history – An outbreak of unknown origin was affecting the people of Cameron. It was an outbreak that had originated in the Congo in 1959…….. but due to the restrictions and difficulties of transportation at that time, it was not brought into the main light of the world until 1981. Fear and panic struck the people of Africa and the entire world….as this plague began spreading quickly. This unknown virus, this plague, this outbreak……the one that we now refer to…… as HIV or Aids…..was spreading quickly around the world. While we are somewhat containing this disease, it is still believed that at least 35 million people are carrying the HIV virus today. And this deadly virus will one day claim the lives of its victims.
In all of these cases…….and many more like them………there was an “outbreak” where people were infected. And infectious people are often the most fear and even placed in a place of isolation. This isolation is for containment and for study. And can I say to you today that mankind has always possessed a sense of curiosity and there is an intense desire to study what we do not understand.
EXAMPLE: Here in our opening video, is the movie of a single monkey. A single monkey that unknowingly was infecting the entire world. Notice that this “outbreak” started with just one.
Therefore I would like to present a question to you today: “is being infected ALWAYS such a bad thing? Or can good come……when an outbreak occurs?