Is COVID-19 a life or death crisis? A little perspective here might be nice for all of us. In your neck of the woods, you may not know anyone who is infected or in an urgent care condition from this virus. This does not mean that others around the block, in another state, or around the world are not facing serious life and death battles with their health. So, we all have a choice to make when we are not the ones facing these issues. Do we pretend that all the news reports are fake news? Do we denigrate the leaders we don’t like because we think their communication is just constant fear-mongering babble? Do we offer an opinion on issues when we can’t possibly see the larger picture, or all the details that are prompting all these local, state, and national reactions to this war with … aren’t you tired of hearing it yet… COVID-19?
So, here’s the thing.
I read an article yesterday about a Hollywood celebrity who Tweeted about her support for how our President is handling the crisis in our country. Immediately she was ridiculed by the other celebrities and followers on her account since not many folks in that community support anything President Trump does. But I loved her response:
“You can tell a lot about people who belittle you for your views and beliefs, when u aren’t even TALKING TO THEM!” the “Look Who’s Talking” actress wrote. “My bestie and I call these people CHIMERS ..they ALWAYS chime in when u are speaking to someone else.”
So, yes, I got the word “Chimers” from Kirsti Alley’s tweet, because it resonated with me. A lot of people do a lot of “chiming in” today. Most of it unsolicited, most of it negative, most of it hurtful, most of it we are all better off without. I have to admit that in my past, I have probably chimed in way too much, with very little impact other than making some people royally ticked off. Today I just blog. I am happy to have a voice when asked, but I try really hard to not rock on other people’s opinions or posts or ideas, if I can help it. Where’s the gain in that anyway?
You’ve heard the phrase, “Haters are just gonna hate, and judgers are gonna judge!” And largely today this is true. I live in Denton county, in Texas where the local authorities have just issued a “shelter in place” restriction. But they did it in such a way that caused me huge concern about our society as a whole. I’m reminded of Greg Gutfeld, who has written a great article you may want to check out titled “The Prison of Two Ideas.”
Yesterday, my impression of what the Judge in Denton county and Mayor of the city of Denton said was (my paraphrase-not a direct quote):
“You will follow this new ordinance and stay in your homes, and not leave for anything except essential services or you are just selfishly putting everyone you engage at risk of infection and death.”
So look. I hate this virus. I hate that people in Denton County are suffering, and may die, just like others around our nation and the world, I hate it. But don’t make me the culprit of all the death in the world, or even someone in the city of Denton, because I went outside and spoke with my neighbor yesterday. Please don’t call me selfish, because I would like some normalcy in my life. That’s just absurd.
This kind of hate-mongering, name-calling, illogical over-reaction to COVID-19 is the very reason why people are wondering how they’re going to pay their bills, or keep their mortgage up, or buy new clothes for the kids in the fall when they do go back to school. Come on people, a little perspective ok?
Right about now, someone reading this might say, “Dude, you sound a lot like a Chimer and a Hater about now.” Sorry if you think that, it wasn’t my intention. So, let me try one more time to help you with what I’m trying to say.
There were those who believed in God a long time ago who thought they knew more about spiritual matters than anyone else on earth. God in fact had chosen them among all other nations of the earth to be His People. Yet, when God showed up in the flesh, to bring salvation not just to them, but to all people, they became such intense nay-sayers that they plotted to have a Roman Governor of Judea hang Him on a cross. “You cannot possibly be our Messiah!” “You claim equality with Yahweh? Blasphemy!” “You break the very laws God gave us to live by, what Messiah would teach people to do that?!”
For thousands of years now, people have been suggesting Jesus was a good man, a good teacher, but certainly not God, and definitely not the Savior of the world.
Well, guess what. That is a personal choice that every individual is given the privilege of deciding for themselves. Chimers, haters, and nay-sayers are always going to look at me and say, “how can you possibly believe that rubbish?” Yet, I want to live my life in such a way that when crisis comes to town, something like say, COVID-19… that those folks will see my faith as Rock solid, not filled with fear or uncertainty. I want my speech to be filled with loving words of hope. I want everyone who knows me to know I believe with absolute certainty that God is in Control, Jesus is who He claims to be, and nothing since the beginning of time has taken Him by surprise.
Let’s not be a chimer, hater, or nay-sayer.
Instead, let’s act like true Christ-followers and give these folks something to think about, something to hope in, something to believe in that will see them through dark days of doubt and confusion.
Jesus is the Rock. Jesus is in Control. He holds it all, including you, right in His hands.
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