Perhaps there is a reasonable expectation for a duty of care when government takes away the care of duty. So many people have lost their jobs during this coronavirus pandemic “crisis” or had to close or curtail their businesses; and with the government mandated shutdowns that followed, the government is handing out money to try to mitigate the damage that the shutdowns have caused. It stands to a certain type of reason that if government—that elusive entity that purports to lead and guide the people—should not allow people to care for themselves, then it should take that responsibility upon itself.
Albeit, it is a vicious cycle, like a dog biting its tail. The people fund the government, and the government funds the people. But the government arbitrarily allots the funds to whatever or to whomever it chooses and then arbitrarily mandates the people to pay for it. Then when the people start relying on government handouts to survive, and far-overreaching government mandates to guide our actions, can we truly relax and rest easy and trust that the government has got our backs? It may ease the monetary famine but only temporally, and it may relieve us of the responsibility of thinking for ourselves, but Oh! What a high price to pay! The people were just coerced into the socialist system of government and goaded into compliance with the stock prod of “panpanic.” People are being shepherded like sheep into the corral with fines, penalties, warnings, and fear. Many medical professionals are hirelings hired to feed the fear frenzy, and yet when other medical professionals stand up to disagree, they are mostly silenced or they stand only to lose their jobs.
Government spokesmen have been holding an unprecedented number of press conferences, with an almost universal clarion call advertising the fear while providing fear motivated mandates to undergird their message. In general, their expertise is politics not pandemics, but they are much used by the powers that be to promote the panpanic. Does not this situation now make us somewhat of a police state? A communist state perhaps? And does it not hint of a fascist state? I do not pretend to understand politics well, but I know it well enough that it makes me think, “Oh what a state to be in!”
History teaches us that it is just a matter of time before that kind of system implodes and sucks the life out of the people, the wealth out of the country, and our freedoms: our freedom to thrive or fail, our freedom to decide how to protect ourselves, our freedom of association, our freedom of speech or expression, and other freedoms that we have come to associate with a free country. What we have now is a virus kingpin that is not the danger it was made out to be; yes, dangerous and even deadly but not the way “they” portrayed it with overblown models already proven false. But the fear of the virus has been a catalyst to bring in many other dangerous things. And now countless citizens are also left with an insidious and perilous disease of the mind—fear—the wrong kind of fear, misplaced fear, fear that destroys—not protects.
Many hospitals, made ready for a great influx of coronavirus victims, are reported to be emptier than ever, but the dying that are already in the hospital are dying alone, at times not allowed to have even their closest loved ones as visitors. Much needed surgeries are deferred, and people who need to go to the hospital choose not to go in—for fear. How can we even know all the consequences? Our media does not report it, and at this point, we do not know who to believe. They cried “Wolf!” too often.
Then we are given the hope of a temporal “savior”—a vaccine; and we hope we can just hang in there long enough so the vaccine can save us from the disease should that even be a realistic or remotely successful option. In the meantime, we are dying of other things. Living is dangerous. That is life. Should we put our life on hold for one danger when people are dying all around of old age, accidents, or of any of the multitude of other diseases or circumstances? In the meantime, while our life is on hold, we wonder what is really happening. We are not sure, but we know it has the possibility of being much more dangerous than “the virus.”
Fear kills. Fear paralyzes. The Bible has an example of this in Luke 21:26 when it says “men’s hearts failing them for fear” when they see the things coming upon the Earth. But there is a fear that saves and protects and makes us free. The Bible says in Psalm 34:11, “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” And also:
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:8)
O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. (Psalm 34:9)
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)
Need I offer more verses? There are many, many more!
Conversely, the Bible also mentions misplaced fear. “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
We are fighting a virtually invisible enemy with very visible consequences, but that reminds me we have an invisible hope as well. The one thing the virus cannot take away is the freedom to believe—our faith. As it says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That sounds rock solid to me, and I leave you with this: Fear God, he is our hope. And please read the rest of Hebrews 11 for examples of the faithful who went before us.
Again, this verse, an invitation from God Himself, certifies, “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD” (Psalm 34:11).
Fearing God in a Fearless New Age by Warren B. Smith
Fighting Fear in a Fearful Day by Maria Kneas
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