Think on These Things

I’m old. I’m also in that now fashionable category called immuno-compromised. These facts determine to a large extent my reactions to Covid-19.

Throughout my adult life, I have been involved in research and analysis. As a journalist and as a pastor, these were important skills. In today’s environment, with regard to coming to an understanding of what’s true and what’s propaganda, these skills are, for the most part, useless.

I have no problem admitting that I am not a scientist (neither is Bill Nye, by the way). But, who are these experts popping up all over the place to explain to us what our situation is? And why do they all contradict one another? Are these people seeing the same data?

Some tell us we need masks. Others say they’re actually harmful. It’s no more harmful than seasonal flu. Oh, but it may wipe out a large portion of the earth’s population. It’s Trump’s fault. Actually a lot of these experts and politicians seem to agree with that one.

Last week I asked the same question as Pontius Pilate: “What is Truth?” It seems that most of these experts wouldn’t recognize it if they tripped over it. The Bible has a lot to say about Truth. I’ll mention only one verse: Philippians 4:8.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Obviously, I have been thinking about these things. I’m still not clear on what’s fact and what’s fiction. OK, I’ll mention another verse. Joshua 1:9, 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
That’s the Truth that can sustain me.

If all these experts are looking at the same, or at least similar, data, why the confusion? How many people have died? Did they all die FROM Covid-19?
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but this could convert me. It’s easy to see Orwellian double-speak here.

Now the nation is divided over the proper response. Crowds are showing up at State Houses and beaches to protest the closures. Some of these folk are armed. Today many states are allowing businesses to reopen. In others they are extending the “stay-at-home” orders. Where do they get the right to do this?

Sooner or later, I expect, this will end. What then? A lot of folks will rush to their favorite restaurant to dine and mingle. That’s assuming their eating establishment didn’t go out of business. The last one I ate at actually closed permanently last week.

I don’t know what to believe (regarding the pandemic. I know what to believe about God). Early on, before the quarantine orders started spewing from the microphones at City Halls and State Houses, I decided that for me it would be best if I stayed at home. In my situation I think that’s the right thing for me to do. That does not mean that it’s right for you. When the economy tries to restart, I will not be joining the happy throngs rushing to get back to whatever counts as normal. I’m old. I’m also in that now-fashionable category called immuno-compromised.


2 thoughts on “Think on These Things

  1. I didn’t even mention agitprop.This was the Soviet ministry of journalistic lying on behalf of the Communist Party. It does seem as though we have our own version of that here in the US today.

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