It seems like a lot of people just want to be told what to do in this pandemic. They won’t heed warnings, they need threats. They won’t take this virus seriously unless you take away all their rights. Obviously I blame that on a system where people are constantly told what to do from a very young age using a method of threats and punishment. Sit down. Stand up. Walk in a line. Wait. Stay with the group. Don’t talk. Talk. Eat now. Go to the bathroom now. No, you can’t go to the bathroom. Wear your seat belt. Eat your vegetables. No straws. Drive 55. And on and on. Follow instructions! Thinking for yourself is not encouraged.
However with or without a ‘system’ that encourages conforming and following rules, I think it’s mostly personality. People are either ‘rules followers’ or ‘rules questioners’. Some feel safer with rules. Some feel threatened by authority.
Right now we are told to follow these rules , stay home, do these assignments and turn them in, stay 6 feet away from other people, self-quarantine if you’ve been exposed, don’t hoard, don’t go to work, go to work if you are essential, listen to our panicky news broadcasts every day. But too many people are ignoring this information and still gathering in groups and doing other stupid things. They seem to need someone to make them do the right thing.
So now the message is: If you don’t stay home , we will arrest you, close the borders, shut down the economy, and thousands will die! If you do what you’re told, we will give you money to pay your bills and protect you from the virus. The walls are closing in.
But there are also people in America who question authority, who prefer to base their actions on facts, who don’t need to be told what to do all day long, who can see that the news broadcasts are constantly changing and leaving out information, who want to protect their families, who want to stay healthy, who want to keep the economy alive. These people are often disparaged and accused of not following orders, putting others at risk, when they just want to know exactly what is happening and make up their own minds. They do not like being manipulated or left in the dark. This does not make them bad people. Nothing wrong with wanting the truth! But it’s important for ALL of us to obey the instructions right now so we do not push them to putting even worse restrictions on us. Even if you don’t believe anything they are saying about the cause of the virus or how many are dying or what the ultimate plans are , you can be sure that God knows what is happening and he has allowed it, for HIS purposes.
Christians need to be the light during this crisis. Show the world that you have trust in God. Trials are for our good. Death is not to be feared. Man is not to be feared. If God is sovereign, if Jesus died for our salvation, if the Kingdom of God is at hand, we can have peace! But sadly, I see quite a few believers that are filled with fear right now. Remember, fear is from the devil or a lack of true faith. Don’t give in to it! I’m not saying I have been 100% fearless, but we all have to fight this battle with the armor God has given us.
All of us want the best outcomes. None of us wants grandma or mom to die. We just want to know the truth. Some feel the best way to get to the truth is from the government. Others feel that they must seek out alternative news sources. Either way, it’s impossible to predict the future right now. Is it ever really possible to fully know what will happen in the future? No. So, we must keep level heads and be smart and take care of ourselves the best we can, no matter who we believe. Yes, we know from Scripture that in the end times certain things will happen, but God has not given us dates or names. We mustn’t run ahead of Him or add to his Word.
There IS a virus that is making people sick and the best way to deal with it is to stay away from other people so it stops spreading. It doesn’t matter where the virus came from or who is to blame if you get sick, you are sick! So whether you blame Trump or love him, trust the news or don’t, be safe, stay home, and trust God.
Some trust in chariots and others in horses,
8 They collapse and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm. Psalm 20