“From the foundation of this nation, to this pandemic,” Scott told Faithwire, “the one place we’ve always turned when the chips were down, when everything was going to be counted, we turned to the Lord, the author and the finisher of our faith.”
The 54-year-old lawmaker believes the timing of the release of his latest book, “Opportunity Knocks,” is more than a coincidence, as it chronicles his personal faith journey through numerous adversities not unlike the calamity we’re facing today.
In his discussion with us, Scott referenced Romans 8:28 — “God works for the good of those who love Him” — which he said has been a “consistent” truth throughout his life.
He went on to say his faith in Jesus has been “strengthened” even amid this health crisis, urging Americans, particularly as Easter approaches, to be encouraged, “because I know the best for this nation is on the other side of the current pandemic.” Scott’s courage to keep trusting in God’s plan is due in no small part to the faith of his mother, whom he described as his “hero” and “best friend.”
“With this pandemic going on, I get to have lunch with her nearly every single day and I’m reminded of how strong and powerful a mother’s love is,” the senator said, adding he’s remembering to lean on “the good Lord’s love” as well.
To those struggling with fear and anxiety over the forced economic recession and the serious health risks of COVID-19, Scott pointed to 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
He then offered a profound reminder as we approach Easter Sunday.
“This is a time where the church might be empty, but the tomb is empty, too,” Scott said. “This is a time when our ministry no longer resides in a specific location but, like the Great Commission, our ministry goes throughout the community, and frankly, throughout the world.”
Scott was one of the lawmakers who championed the inclusion of churches and faith-based organizations in the $2 trillion CARES Act, ensuring they have access to loans and grants, should they need it during the pandemic.
And in recent days, more data has come out showing those in the African-American community may be more susceptible to dangerous outcomes if they become infected with COVID-19. That has been particularly true in southern states like South Carolina, where Scott serves as senator.
The Republican politician, the first African-American to serve as a senator from his state, told us he has been “encouraged” by his conversations with President Donald Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.