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One of the most enormously dangerous psychological effects of the way the world is handling this disease is that we now consider every single living, breathing person (especially if we can SEE them breathing) to be a constant threat to our health.
Every time we leave the house, the media tells us to “be cautious,” “remember you could be contagious,” and “stay away from others.”
I am extremely concerned that the way our children – yes, even the children growing up in Christian homes today – will grow up to see the world in a way that is a far cry from the way God calls us to see the world.
The media says we should live in fear.
The Bible says we have no reason to fear. (Psalm 27:1)
The media says to stay away from others.
The Bible says to live in community. (Romans 12:5)
The media says to always be anxious.
The Bible says we have been given peace. (John 14:27)
The media says to stay isolated.
The Bible says that isolation is dangerous. (Proverb 18:1)
The media says to protect yourself at all costs.
The Bible says to give of yourself no matter the cost. (Luke 14:33)
The media says to consider yourself a threat and to stay away from others in order to save another’s life.
The Bible says we are crucial messengers of hope who are called to go out into the world and offer the only gift that can TRULY save another’s life – the gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:14)
The media says you should fear physical death.
The Bible says you should fear a future without Christ. (Matthew 10:28)
The media says to stay hidden away.
The Bible says to let your light shine. (Matthew 5:16)
The media says you can extend your life by protecting yourself.
The Bible says your days are numbered and you will die ONLY when God has determined it to be so. (Job 14:5)
The media says church is dangerous.
The Bible says church is essential. (Hebrews 10:25)
The media offers propaganda and manipulation.
The Bible offers beauty and truth. (2 Timothy 3:16)
There is plenty of science that is being hidden away and shoved out of view, and while it’s valuable and helpful, believers should not even need the science. Because there is also plenty of biblical direction that should be guiding our steps.
If my math is correct, we are now on Day 271 of “14 days to flatten the curve.”
How much longer will believers continue to cower at home, enslaving themselves to the manipulation of the media, and insisting that the propaganda machine knows best when we have the LITERAL WORD OF GOD in our homes with clear direction on how we should live while we are in this world?
Harder days than this are coming.
Persecution will increase.
The truth will continue to be slandered.
We must be ready, and now is the time to practice what we know to be true. If we don’t practice it now, we will not be ready in the future.
So believers, I implore you…WAKE. UP.
This is not how the church is called to live.
I would add to this:
The media says “MASK UP”.
The Bible says God wants to see your face. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The media says “FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!”
The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)