Medical Event or Political Event?
I am certainly not a medical doctor, so I have no factual evidence of the deadliness, or lack thereof, of this virus, but I have enough common sense to know that this event appears to be a carefully planned attempt to see how far the American people can be pushed to obey unconstitutional orders. It was pushed to us all using fear as the basis, telling us that hundreds of thousands of us, possibly millions of us, would die from this virus. We all know what a powerful motivator fear can be. It is one of the main tools Satan has used to destroy people in one way or another and he has become an expert in its use.
The latest data I read concerning the total number of cases of the virus and the deaths from it indicates that the death rate is around 0.15 %, certainly much lower than the original estimate of 3-4%, or even higher, as stated by the medical experts that advise our President. The actual death rate is very close to the average death rate of seasonal influenza that we all contend with year after year. And we are now learning that the overwhelming number of people who have died as a result of this virus are those who are elderly and/or have one or more underlying medical issues that cause the virus to be more deadly. Now, in spite of the facts about the virus, we are being told to keep fearing, that this virus will certainly return this fall to destroy us all again. Based on what we now know of the true death rate of the virus, we seem to be facing some contradictions.
Ayn Rand, in her colossal and classic novel, “Atlas Shrugged” said, “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” Realizing the nature of contradictions, that they are highly illusory, every person, and especially every believer must ask himself: “What premise have I been using to determine the truth of this ‘crisis?” If that premise is that governments can be trusted to speak the truth, then it is certainly time to examine our premises and make some changes to them.
All those who have placed their trust in government, then see how corrupt that government truly is, and how untrustworthy it is, will likely believe they are facing a “contradiction.” However, their original premise, that governments can be trusted, is a wrong premise. They CAN NOT be trusted.
What to Do, Whom to Trust
If believers ever find themselves confused, confounded, or conflicted by what is happening around them, regarding the level of government corruption, their only recourse is to go back to the basics of God’s Word to determine what a true follower of Jesus should place his or her trust in.
One can easily find Godly direction on trust, in the Psalms: “O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.” (Psalm 7:1) “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” (Psalm 56;11) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:2) “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5) Paul, writing to Timothy said, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (I Timothy 6:17) These are just a few of the many scriptures written in God’s Word where we are commanded to “trust in God” and not in the world or any of the riches of this world.
But exactly what does it mean to trust God? How does one go about it? Is there a secret formula that can be followed to become a “God-truster?” I go back to my earliest childhood experiences, remembering my father, a common man, poorly-educated, albeit a hard-working man from the South. Though uneducated, he was raised by a God-fearing mother who always taught her seven children to work hard, love and worship God, and live by His word. I knew from a very young age that my father and mother loved me and wanted to provide the very best for me, to the extent they were able. I always knew that Dad and Mom would keep me fed, clothed, and healthy though we were quite poor. I never lacked the necessities growing up, and I knew it was due to the love of my Dad and Mom for me, and the fact they trusted God for provision. I learned over a short period of time during my childhood to trust my parents for my needs. Along with my trust, I learned to love Dad and Mom wholeheartedly.
Therefore, whenever I would approach my Dad to ask for something I really wanted, I knew that, when he said he would do it, he would do it no matter what the cost to him. There were times when he told me no, either because what I had asked was more than he could afford, or it was not a good thing for me. But, when he said yes to any request, he never let me down. I learned to trust his word, and trust HIM through his actions that fulfilled his words.
Trusting God is no different than trusting a human parent; it starts with knowing the words that they have spoken and believing they will put the full force of their authority behind those words.
Jesus taught this same precept to His disciples: “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:9-11)
When Jesus’ disciples tried to keep a group of small children away from Him, Jesus taught His disciples how anyone must relate to God in order to please Him: “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.” But Jesus said, “Suffer (permit) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:13-15)
We must relate to our heavenly Father as we would to our earthly fathers, by developing a simple, child-like faith in the words that God has spoken, by first believing, then knowing, that He will put all His authority behind those words to provide for us when we ask anything according to those words. Over a period of years, developing such faith will bring us to a place where we can approach the Throne of Grace, boldly and, by simply asking and believing, receive from Him. (Hebrews 4:16) However, just as it took some formative years in my early life to trust my Dad, building a relationship that led to trust, it takes time to build a relationship with God, through His word, to reach that place of loving Him and trusting in Him and His word.
The US government has multiple websites where they post almost any information they are willing to share. Supposedly, in those postings, one can learn just what to expect from the government. But, keep in mind, that doesn’t mean that those words, though posted publicly for all to see, will always be what the government does. On the contrary, anyone placing blind trust in any government will soon learn that the people who write all the legislation and the regulations that control so much of our lives are experts in “doublespeak.” Just as I learned to trust my Dad, then God, through experiencing their ability and their willingness to make good on their words, I have learned that one can only trust a government to the extent it has proven itself trustworthy. Since there has never been a successful human government in the nearly 6000 years since Adam was created, it stands to reason that no government has earned that trust. And until Jesus returns to this earth and establishes a righteous kingdom, with Himself on the throne, that will not change.
I realize that, no matter what I write here, there will still be millions of folk, both rich and poor, who will still place all their trust in some government, expecting that, whatever that government has promised, it will bring to pass. This blind trust will likely keep them in the dark and unwilling to accept that governments are NOT to be trusted until they experience the doublespeak of government for themselves. The world is still blindly stumbling along in the darkness and will continue to do so until a light shines in their lives, and dispels that darkness. Until then, we can only pray that someone already living in the light will share it with them.
However, true believers should not be living in any kind of darkness. With eyes, both fleshly and spiritual, wide open, they should by now know that all the governments of the world are inherently evil, totally or nearly corrupt, and are under the control of Satan (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-6) and his evil minions, both demonic and human, who have no other motivation than to steal, kill and destroy. Somehow, it seems foolish to place any trust in a government that is mostly controlled by the persons who have determined to destroy us all.
In direct opposition to Satan is Jesus, whom God’s word says is the LIGHT, and He has come to bring LIFE. (John 10:10) Only by placing all our trust in Him, in simple childlike faith, will we ever experience true peace, joy, and fulfillment. No earthly government can honestly make this claim, and should not be trusted to fulfill it if they do.
Loving someone and trusting them wholeheartedly go hand in hand. If you truly love them, you will trust them completely. In Exodus 20:2-17, you will find listed the ten commandments given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. The first is, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2) God indicated that He is a jealous God who forbids the worship of any other god, in whatever form it may exist. Jesus, when asked by a lawyer, “What is the great commandment in the law?” “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) The author of Exodus 20 doesn’t use the words “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” but simply says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” In my mind, since love and trust go hand in hand, the Lord is saying: “the thing that you love, and trust most, has, or will, become the god you worship.” Knowing that God is indeed a jealous God, we must be extremely careful not to love and place our trust in anything that could come between us and God. If one places all his or her trust in government promises, as though the government was capable of providing a person’s needs, has that person then made the government his god? That is a question every believer must ask and answer to his own satisfaction, all the while remembering that God will not share His glory with any man or government.
I am reminded of the words reportedly spoken by Nancy Pelosi, who after being elected the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2006, said: “You don’t need God anymore, you have us Democrats.” The fact that she is, once again, Speaker of the House, is a sobering reminder that anyone, other than God Himself, claiming to have godlike qualities, abilities, and attributes, is a person never to be trusted, EVER. Every person, whether saved or unsaved, has the right to choose whom to trust. As for me and my house, we will serve, and trust, the Lord.