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CLARITY – 6-29-20 Much Ado About Not Much

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-29-20

Much Ado About Not Much

What’s Happening: “Two COVID-19 milestones were passed Sunday: 500,000 deaths worldwide, and the largest daily total of new confirmed cases at 10 million. The U.S. is by far the largest contributor and Brazil is second with half as many new cases as the U.S. Spikes in Italy, France, and some African countries after re-openings are blamed for some of the numbers’ increases. This has led to backing off reopening plans in Texas, California and Florida, with Governors so ordering. Schools in the fall and sports are still up in the air (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-virus-cases-stabilize-italy-053531808.html). Quoting from the Associated Press article: ‘COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks,’ said Gov. Greg Abbott, who allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but on Friday shut down bars and limited restaurant dining (75% capacity down to 50%) amid a spike in cases.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess I and my family need to shelter in place, huh?” 

Biblical Response:  “If that will make you feel safer…I guess never driving a car  (or riding in one) will keep you from dying in a car crash. Don’t get me wrong, each death is tragic, but 500,000 worldwide is only .00007143857% 10,000,000 new cases is only .001428571%…not much compared to population  and other pandemics (AIDS – 2005-2012 – 36,000,000 deaths; Category 2 Flu – 1968 – 1,000,000 deaths; Asian Flu – 1956-1958 – 2,000,000; Spanish Flu – 1918 – 20,000,000 to 50,000,000; the Black Death {Bubonic Plague} – 1346-1353 – 200.000,000, etc.). 500,000 is not to be sneezed about (pardon the pun) but still not huge. Let’s keep things in perspective.”

“Christians?  We think every death is tragic…it is, after all, the cessation of decision-making- about-eternity (Heb. 9:27). Still, Christians need to be about faith, not fear (1 John 4:18). People have a tendency to react, not act; to shoot first and ask questions later. Instead, we need to be bastions of stability and reason…not fear mongers. We need to rejoice (what a great time to be alive!). Evangelism ought to be easy: we can offer a solution to the madness!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no plague ‘can come nigh our dwelling’ (Ps. 91:10 – don’t forget the qualification of verse 1); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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