THINGS JUST AREN’T ADDING UP
Let me first say that my heart and prayers go out to those suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Virtually every American has been affected by this pandemic in some way. We are constantly reminded that we live in a sinful, broken world.
In fact, yesterday we spoke to the spouse of an intercessor who lost her life to COVID-19 just this week. I mourn with him, and I mourn with you: those of you whose loved ones are in the hospital and you are not allowed to visit them, those who are sick, those who have lost jobs, those whose lives have been upended and uncertainty hangs like a black fog. I am so sorry and I grieve with you the losses, big and small, that have littered many of our lives.
But as I look at the coronavirus and the crisis that is impacting our nation and the world, some things are just not adding up. Let me say upfront that I will probably upset some of you with what I am about to write. I am humbly asking you to pray about your reaction and then let me know your thoughts in the comments section of this article. I will attempt to keep up with replies.
1.There is a cure to COVID-19; it’s called the human immune system. God has created this wonderful, virus-killing machine within each of our bodies. It fights against all viruses, including those that are new to the human race, including this novel coronavirus strain. The un-factual story line is that anybody can get COVID-19, you have no immunity, and you could die from this virus. The statistics show that the human immune system will fight COVID-19. In rare cases, around 1% of the time, there will be a negative outcome. The statistics demonstrate that the vast majority (80%+) of those who have severe outcomes to COVID-19 have chronic health issues like diabetes, congestive heart disease, or congestive lung disease. [i]
We need to question the agenda of those who instantly go to the vaccination for the solution. In a recent interview[ii], Bill Gates, who works with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx in a few different organizations, stated that the mortality rate of COVID-19 must kept below 1%, which is being attempted through “mitigation” efforts like social distancing and sheltering-in-place. According to Gates’ comments, this effort is not only to save lives, but also to prevent the American population from creating natural antibodies to fight this disease. He has poured millions into vaccination research and is currently working on a project that allows for “markers” to be placed into people through vaccinations (remember the old thought of a chip being placed under the skin?). An individual’s medical records, or list of markers, indicating the individual’s viral and bacterial antibodies, would allow, or presumably block, travel to areas that are restricted because of the potential of disease contamination.
We don’t want to negate the benefit of modern science or the work of those who help us understand the spread of outbreaks. At the same time, we, as Christians with a biblical worldview, need to praise our Great Physician for creating our bodies with amazing immune systems. We need to pray Scriptures like Jeremiah 30:17: “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal,” declares the Lord.
2.Fear is driving many people’s reactions, not facts. The experts tell us we may be “asymptomatic” and have contracted this “invisible enemy.” We can’t see it and should assume we have it! How long can people live like that? The other day I was walking on a public trail. A woman approaching me from the other direction gave me the “halt” sign as I got closer to her. I told her that we were safe, since we were outdoors, could pass each other six feet apart, and the wind was blowing toward me. Her response was: “You don’t know.” We must be smart and cautious, but we can’t live long term with these kinds of assumptions.
We were initially told by the experts (The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation – IHME) that even with mitigation there could be half a million deaths, then it was down to 240,000, then 100,000, then 80,000 and now the projection is 60,415.[iii] Did you know that during 2017-2018 influenza season there were 45,000,000 US citizens infected, with 800,000 hospitalizations and 61,000 deaths?[iv]
We don’t even know if the deaths that are listed as COVID-19 deaths are really related to the virus. The CDC is telling doctors to list that as the cause if the test positive even if that was not the cause of death.[v]
We can’t be foolish and allow our lives to be unchanged in this situation, but we also cannot allow fear to drive us. Certainly, we need to do what we can to prevent deaths, but there is a strong aspect (could I say spirit?) of fear driving the reaction in our country.
Let’s pray Scriptures like Psalm 118:6 : The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
3.This COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power government could have over our society. Who would have guessed a few months ago that 80% of the nation would be ordered to stay at home? We should not hand over authority over our freedoms without questioning this type of action. Recently a North Carolina police officer arrested people praying (outdoor activities WAS allowed in NC’s stay at home order) outside of an abortion clinic, even though outdoor activities are allowed under the North Carolina stay-at-home order.[vi] (And how was abortion deemed “essential” when other elective medical procedures were not?) Should we be concerned when a woman in Pennsylvania was given a ticket for going on a car ride because she had to get out of the house?[vii]
Scriptures require us to submit to authorities, but the Scriptures also provide many examples of governments that made decisions that violate the heart and will of God. We must pray for our leaders that they would make wise decisions to protect our religious freedoms: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Tm 2:1-2)
God has a cure for COVID-19.
We must not allow fear to rule us.
We must be diligent to pray our government protects our freedoms and does not take them away.
Pray with a community of almost 150,000 intercessors for COVID-19 patients by name at the COVID-19 Prayer Wall. New names are added daily.
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