A 54-year-old lawmaker, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has released a book titled “ Opportunity Knocks “ following the current outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. According to him, opportunities have always followed and the same will be true of the current coronavirus crisis.
Speaking to Faithwire, Scott said the one place we’ve always turned when the chips were down, when everything was going to be counted was with the Lord, the author and finisher of our faith.
Also adding that his 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.
While speaking, he made reference to Romans 8:28 — “God works for the good of those who love Him” which has been his truthful aid throughout his life and urges Americans to stay strong as Easter approaches even in the midst of the current pandemic and that the best of the nation is on the other side of the health crisis.
Scott’s courage in God’s plan has been traced to the faith of his mother, whom he described as his “hero” and “best friend.”
With the ongoing pandemic, he said he has get to have lunch with her nearly every single day and have been reminded of how strong and powerful a mother’s love is also adding he’s remembering to lean on “the good Lord’s love” as well.
Scott read out 2 Timothy 1:7 to those struggling with fear and anxiety over the forced economic recession and the serious health risks of COVID-19 declaring a deep reminder as Easter approaches that this is a time where the church might be empty, but the tomb is empty, too,”“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.”
At the time of the $2 trillion CARES Act, Scott was among the lawmakers who ensured that the churches and faith-based organizations had access to loans and grants, should they need it during the pandemic.
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.
Scott, being the first African- American to serve as a senator in his state said his conversation with President Donald Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus encouraged him. Also adding that he has spoken about the issue with Dr. Deborah Birx, who serves as the task force’s response coordinator, as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“The one thing that’s crystal clear is the administration’s response has been really positive,” he explained. Scott said he will be speaking this week with African-American leaders and the White House about disseminating more information to the black community “to help us understand the heightened risk we face.”
Most importantly, Scott urged federal, state, and local leaders to make “an abundance of tests available,” arguing it’s the key to reopening the economy as soon as possible. During his calls with Fauci, Birx, and Vice President Mike Pence, Scott said “the primary question” from himself and his Republican colleagues has been about pushing out a greater number of COVID-19 tests.
A South Carolina business owner, Tony Bakker, pledges to donate $500,000 for the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation through April 20. If the goal is reached, the fund’s total will be at least $1.5 million, all of which will go to nonprofits and churches providing medical care, food access, and financial support to those in need.
Challenged by Bakker, Scott said he has personally donated $4,000 to churches in his community — a baton he’s passing on to his fellow members of Congress.
“One thing I’ve learned in life is there’s always a silver lining,” Scott said. “Opportunity always knocks.”
The senator’s new book is here