We have been living (or sometimes dying) with the Covid-19 virus for a bit over a year. I wrote on the topic of the virus about a year ago. I wrote a four-part series “Reflections on the coronavirus situation” published on May 7, 14, 21, and 28 of 2020. (I hadn’t remembered that I had that much to say at the time!) Today I want to list a few things that have been impressed upon me after one full year. Some of it will be similar to what I wrote a year ago. Which I suppose is a good thing. But there will also be a few new points made, and I will definitely try to keep this brief. I will get everything said in one blog post, or I will send a free Cadillac to each one of my readers. Absolutely guaranteed.
1/We still need to develop a sense of proportion. As dangerous and deadly as the virus has been and can be, we continue to murder babies at a higher rate. Abortion remains the key issue of our times. A people which is willing to murder babies, is not worth preserving. Which leads into the next point.
2/The “new normal” being pressed upon us is pretty grim. But if we are honest with ourselves, the old normal wasn’t all that great. We were still killing babies, still destroying lives through the welfare state, still murdering and destroying foreigners for no good reason as the warfare state, still pretending that men can be women and that women can be men. Getting back to the old normal would not be a wonderful accomplishment. We need something better than either the old normal or the new normal.
3/Most people still trust the U.S. government. The U.S. government is going to find an excuse to keep us masked and helpless and staying at home, and not working, and accepting checks with money created out of thin air. They want people who are easily manipulated, want people who are unwilling to stand on their hind legs and holler.
4/Most people still trust Mainstream Media–affectionately known as Main Sleaze Media to people like me. Mainstream Media, like the rest of the elite running the U.S., is instinctively statist, with no interest in discovering the truth. If they find out and print the truth, horrible problems will come upon them. It is easier to parrot The Narrative.
5/Have you noticed that basically everyone in public life goes along with the masks, goes along with the shutdowns, goes along with considering the virus as bad as the plague? There is a reason for that. If you go along with the consensus, you will be left alone and considered a good guy. However, if you question the consensus, there is a price to pay. You will be criticized, called a science denier, perhaps hated, perhaps canceled. What, people working in the public are going to jeopardize their incomes by saying, “Hey, are we sure this makes sense?”? No, there is no chance of that.
6/There are other sources of information about the virus. A good place to start for such information is LewRockwell.com. Most people won’t search for such alternative information. Why? There are at least two reasons (7 & 8).
7/As an approximation, 1% of people (whether Christian or non-Christian) have much deep interest in truth. That is simply human nature. We like ourselves the way we are, and we don’t like thinking. It is easier to just live, take our ideas from a buffet early in life, and stick with those ideas the rest of our lives.
8/Also, admitting one has been wrong about the U.S., about important things, becomes increasingly difficult as we get older. Anyone who finds himself 40 or 50 or 60 years old, having believed the U.S. is “the indispensable nation,” a nation which stands taller and sees further and has more wisdom than other countries, a nation which loves freedom, is not going to be in a hurry to say to himself, “I have been wrong about the U.S. I have been played for a fool my entire life.” No, that is a bridge too far–about five or six bridges too far, probably. So to have arrived at full adulthood and to be a believer in The Narrative, means one is unlikely to want to begin thinking for himself now, belatedly. It is very hard to move oneself from the 99% who believe cliches, to the 1% which take truth seriously.
9/Our brand of Christianity is deeply flawed. We are one-quarter faithful in our giving. We as an American Christian people give about 2.5% to the church, while God requests a tithe. So we are one-quarter faithful. But the situation is far worse than that. Giving financially is the easiest discipline in the Christian faith. Any knucklehead can count to ten, set aside one out of the ten for God, and do so with little or no diminution to his quality of life. When it comes to the weightier measures of the law, we are far less than one-quarter faithful. As an estimation, we might be one tenth faithful. So our Christianity doesn’t amount to much, compared to what God wants from us.
10/As discouraging as 7, 8, and 9 can be, there is hope in point 10! (Don’t give up.) That is, our Christianity is real, among at least a sizeable portion of us. Perhaps 40% of professing Christians really have been regenerated and converted, as a guess. Our potential is much greater than our current production.
11/There is no other hope for us except in a vigorous, Bible-believing Christianity. That may seem like bad news, because our Christianity is so flawed. But it can also be good news. Remember, our potential is great.
12/Moral courage from all of us is the need of the hour. We need pastors willing to be hated, willing to tell us painful truths and accept the consequences. We in the pews need to accept our responsibilities, and to love truth more. This is not going to be easy. But isn’t that fair? If we are unwilling to love truth and stand for the truth, maybe we are undeserving of freedom.
13/The Christianity of the recent past and of the present has been a holding operation. We frolicked in quarter-truths, half-truths, and full truths which weren’t painful. Full truth: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and died for His people. That is a wonderful full truth. But it is not enough. We haven’t been told full truths that convict us of sin. Full truth: most Christians are idolators of the United States, and of the United States military. That also is a full truth–and that truth we have not been taught.
14/We need pastors who will speak to us the painful full truths, not just the wonderful full truths. We in the pews need to identify those truth tellers, and support and encourage them. They are going to need lots of encouragement, because they are going to face constant criticism, and they are going to be disliked. Few of us enjoy being disliked. So if you find a truth-telling pastor, encourage him as much as you can. We need him desperately.
15/We are closer to being free than we realize. Our potential is great. I sense it among the Christians with whom I associate.
16/Keeping elderly people from their loved ones, in the nursing homes, was a mistake. We need to learn from our mistakes, not just shrug them off. Find a way to do it differently. The state will always find a way to keep us masked and isolated. They are bullies instinctively; it is their nature. But if we refuse to go along, we can find ways that are better for all concerned.
17/Use your own judgment about the vaccine. I plan not to get any sort of vaccine in regard to the virus. But think for yourself. Be reminded that Mainstream Media does not want you to do any reading and research on your own. They are not very likely to report adverse reactions to the vaccine(s).
18/The U.S. may be heading for a complete disaster of some sort. Runaway inflation might do the trick, although it could be something else. Be aware that if the disastrous inflation comes, it won’t be solely because of the Democrats. The Republicans have supported that as well. So don’t be tempted to resort to partisan finger-pointing; don’t dream that replacing Joe Biden with Donald Trump or some other Republican is going to help. We need to start thinking honestly about things. That starts, for most of us, with increasing our 2.5% giving up to 10%, at the church. If we are willing to steal from God, why shouldn’t the state steal from us?
19/If/when the disaster comes, that may alert us to how demented we have been acting for such a long time. So though the disaster may be horrific, it will probably be necessary. We refused to learn without the disaster.
20/We need to keep or develop a sense of humor. We can learn for ourselves, but we can’t teach other people. Only the Holy Spirit can make people willing to learn. But He can and will, in a significant number of cases. He can use our example to teach others. If we can have a giggle, and live with humility, other people will be more influenced by that than if we self-righteously try always to convince them of the rightness of our position (even though our position might indeed be right). We can realistically have a sense of humor, because God is in control of world history. He is going to win. Suck on that, baby-killing scumbags.
21/I think it is good not to wear the mask. But if a business requires that you wear the mask, don’t respond with anger. It is their business, not yours. Deal with people politely. We have seen too many incidents on the Internet of people who reacted discourteously to requests that they wear the mask. Bad. Bad example. This is not showing responsibility.
22/Think ahead as to exactly what you believe in regard to mask-wearing, and vaccine taking, and gird up your loins. I have worn the mask twice. Once I needed to wear the mask in order to visit my mother in the emergency room at the hospital. Once I grudgingly wore the mask at a Chinese restaurant. (I won’t do that one again.) I was pitched out of my beloved Rally’s because I was not wearing a mask; I went calmly. I was scheduled to help time track meets this spring, but was defenestrated (politely) when I said I would not wear the mask. I would wear the mask if that was the only way I could buy food. I would wear the mask if that was the only way I could keep my job. I will not wear the mask to attend high school sports events (events which I dearly love). I think I have a realistic understanding of how I will act in regard to the mask and the vaccine. But I have had to think about it. I have had to prepare mentally, psychologically, spiritually. And only time will tell if I stick to my principles.
23/The Powers That Be seem firmly in control. But that is partly an illusion. A Christian minority unwilling to compromise its principles, would be very powerful, very quickly. God accomplishes excellent things, through exercising His zeal (Isaiah 9:7). If we anchor ourselves in loving and obeying Him, maybe lots of good things might happen. I might even be able to walk into Rally’s someday, and order a few sandwiches.