The supermarket tells a different story. Masks have been scarce in stores for a while, stores limiting purchases to one box when shipments arrive. This has not stopped some from making a profit by selling masks on the internet. Next, after a reportedly false Facebook rumor about manufacturing issues, toilet paper and tissues flew off the shelves and remain difficult to find. Finally, this past weekend, we found many of the dry goods shelves to be empty, though thankfully shelves were partially stocked again during our next trip to the store.
This calming feeling could be one of the greatest advantages for engaging people here in Japan. A voice of reason, not based on scientific hypotheses or government decisions, but founded in the character of God and the power of the Gospel is powerful. The peace of God that surpasses all understanding is one of the aspects of grace that can be observed and felt. The question is, will the church step up and be the light in a dark, scary world?