Pandemic Hype of Fear

Coronavirus is only the beginning—and a very small beginning at that! The World Health Organization declared that it recognizes the coronavirus disease (covid-19) as a pandemic, stating, “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly.

The last pandemic was the Chinese “swine flu” in 2009, which killed about 200,000 people worldwide, including some 15,000 Americans.

President Donald Trump said he was authorizing actions to “unleash the full power of the federal government,” and added, “I am officially declaring a national emergency, two very big words.”

As of this writing, there are about 200,000 confirmed cases of the “Chinese Wuhan Flu” causing about 8,000 deaths. The U.S. has suffered about 100 coronavirus deaths so far.

For perspective, this article gives daily totals of how many people die every day from all causes, including 4,383 people dying from diabetes worldwide, 3,287 from car crashes, and more than 1,100 from homicides.

So how do these numbers compare to other deadly diseases? Here is a graph of the Average Disease Deaths per Day worldwide.

The current estimate for the “fatality” rates for the coronavirus just don’t add up. The estimates based on current data are completely inaccurate. Current data shows that this virus is much less “deadly” that even the common flu from the 2019-2020 season.

So on one hand, the “media hype” over this pandemic is “overblown,” especially when you compare it to previous pandemics and other, more serious, dangers we face on a daily basis.

That said, it is refreshing to see government officials, public health experts and ordinary citizens take some “positive” action when it comes to stopping the spread of a dangerous disease.

To see the world suddenly concerned about certain laws of “quarantine and hygiene” after blatantly disregarding these principles for so long is truly a sight to behold!

But without God and His inspired Word as our sure foundation, mankind never seems to find the right balance. Last week the media “scolded” President Trump for shaking hands with world leaders and for not being “tested” for covid-19, even though he had absolutely no symptoms. This is what “distresses” the left-wing media!

Over the weekend, the “corpulent” governor of Illinois said, “No matter how healthy you feel, if you can, stay home.” Quarantining “healthy” people to stop the spread of disease goes well beyond the principle of God’s law of quarantine.

But that is what many health-care officials are now calling for. America’s go-to expert on infectious disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said “If it looks like you’re overreacting, you’re probably doing the right thing.”

This is now how we “fight” the spread of infectious disease—by overreacting?

“If public health officials encourage you to remain calm and not panic, that is rotten advice” says columnist Peggy Noonan. We need “overreaction and mass hysteria” so say the experts.

President Trump, the man who enacted “travel bans” on China and Europe, has actually been “criticized” for not being “apocalyptic” enough when discussing covid-19!

Consider this “doomsday” report from Saturday’s New York Times:

“Between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die.”

So far, about 8,000 people have died. But “fear mongering” experts say it could be 1.7 million! The Times went on to say that as many as 21 million Americans might require “hospitalization” and America has less than a million hospital “beds” available!

And they wonder why Americans are fighting with each other at supermarkets for “food, medicine, bottled water and toilet paper.”

These “scaremongers” are advocating total surrender to “panic, fear and mass hysteria.” Fear of disease is adding more problems to the disease itself! If only we would “fear” God as much as the disease and consider “His” ways!

President Trump called for a “National Day of Prayer” to be held Sunday, March 15, for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged Americans to “pray for God’s healing hand.” He even quoted one of my favorite verses: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.

Sadly, though, there was nothing in the proclamation about “repentance” from sin or “obedience” to God’s laws, whether spiritual or physical.

God’s Word says, “And whatsoever we ask in prayer, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:22

God answers the prayers of those who turn to Him in “repentance and faithful obedience.” His ears are open to the prayers of the righteous, “but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12

One of the major reasons why so many “prayers” are not answered is that God will not listen to a person who “rebels and persistently disobeys” His Word. God is trying to get the attention of our “disobedient” nation before it is too late.

We are, even now, in the very preliminary stages of what the Bible calls the “great tribulation”! In other words, what we are seeing happen in the world today is just a tiny preview of the “curses” that will soon overwhelm this planet!

You can read more about this in Leviticus 26  and Deuteronomy 28.

God is in close control over exactly how much “devastation” He allows to unleash. He is not destroying indiscriminately: “He is punishing the world in love and in measure to help mankind turn from the paths of destruction to the way of truth and peace!”

Here is the lesson God wants us to learn during these trying times: “Consider your ways, repent toward God, and then you can truly cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” 

How should “dedicated” followers of Jesus respond? Here are three brief answers:

  1. Be Calm. Christians ought to be the calmest people on earth because we know the Lord, and He holds the future in His hands. There is no panic in heaven over this pandemic. If you spend all your time perusing the latest news, you will doubtless lose your perspective. Focus on the Lord, remember His promises, and all will be well.
  2. Be Prepared. Since no one can say what tomorrow will bring, we would do well to stock up on the essentials we will need. All of us will likely be quarantined to one degree or another. At the very least, we’ll all spend more time at home than usual. So be prepared. Stock up on your prescription drugs. Buy some cleaning supplies. Make sure you have enough food to get through a week or two.
  3. Be ready to share. Keep your eyes open for those in need. This includes senior citizens, the sick, and those who are otherwise overlooked by society. We will all find plenty of opportunities to minister in the days ahead. We need not give in to fear. Take wise precautions, wash your hands, pray for “missionary eyes” to see those who need a word of encouragement, walk by faith, remember God’s promises, and let your light shine.

Hebrews 12:26 tells us that “once more” God will shake the world before the coming of Christ. That perspective helps us think wisely about the coronavirus pandemic. God is using a tiny “microbes” to bring the world to a standstill.

When people ask, “Does God still speak today?” I tell them not to worry about it because he’s got your number on His speed dial, and when he calls, you won’t put him on “call waiting.” He can ring us up any time of the day or night.

Why would God speak to us this way? Hebrews 12:27 says God is shaking everything that can be shaken, all the things built by mankind, so that only unshakable things can remain. Eugene Peterson gave us this paraphrase: “The phrase ‘one last shaking’ means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.”

Unshakable essentials. That says it all. God is “shaking” the earth so that we will figure out what matters most. Here’s the good news. Out of these “shaky” days will come a vast “spiritual” harvest. People are asking questions because they want to know who they can “trust.” What a wonderful opportunity for ministry is being opened for us.

Don’t “despair” and don’t give in to “fear.” We were made for times like these. Sovereign Lord, you are the “firm foundation” beneath our feet. We trust in you, and we will not be moved. When the kingdoms of the earth “crumble to dust” your words will still be true.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, I’m amazed at the “fear” it is creating in many people’s lives, when “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I am amazed at how ”fear” has gripped so many people’s lives. My heart has been led to pray that the Lord would use this “pandemic hype” to cause the nations and peoples to realize in a new way Psalm 9:20Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal..”  

Often in prosperity, we can turn away from total “dependence” upon God and believe that we are in control. In a real way, I believe God wants to humble us in a fresh dependence upon Him. I encourage you to read Palm 91 and ask God to speak to you in the midst of this “pandemic hype of fear.“

I have been wondering what the other end of this looks like. Thus far more people have died on the “highways” this year than from the “apocalyptic” virus infestation in the USA. The deaths from the regular, annual flu” dwarf the number of deaths from the “coronavirus.” We never hear a word about that. Where was the “panic, fear and mass hysteria” when the flu killed thousands of us last year. Yawn, no one cared then, nor cares now.

Obviously, this is totally “agenda” driven. Just like “gun” issues is not about guns. It is about “control.” This is about getting people to accept “Marshal Law” conditions. And the people are bending over and taking it. Eating it up with a spoon. I wonder where all the adults went.

The mandatory “closing of businesses” enrages me. I guess no one is responsible enough to make the decision by themselves. I heard that San Francisco is under “mandatory” self quarantine. The “news” said that people are allowed out of their housing only for visits to the grocers or pharmacy.

I wonder if they can also go outside to move their “bowels” in the street as is their right? What about the massive “homeless” population. Where do they “self quarantine”?

If you’ve been suffering from the Chinese “Wuhan Flu” overload and could use a little boost to get you over the hump read When Wuhan Virus Departs, World Will Be Changed by Michael Walsh. It will give you something to look forward to.

All that is left now is shaking my head at the “Current Truth.” The premise is that this “pandemic tribulation” exposes the shortcomings in many arenas not the least of which is the ongoing battle between the progressive left’s desire to break down every societal tradition.

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