As a Christian, we are to love our neighbors, and the world loves to remind us that we are murdering grandma if we don’t wear a mask. They love to blast us on social media with comments like, “You’re not loving your neighbor! You’re a murderer! You are killing your grandma!” Let’s look at this a bit more closely. What is the actual mortality rate? Here is a chart from Johns Hopkins;
According to Johns Hopkins in the United States per 100,000 people 49.8 people die. So if you divide 49.8 by 100,000 you get a .0498% mortality rate. If you subtract that from 100% you get 99.95% That is the percentage of people who are surviving the virus. Now that we’ve established a factual rate, and seen that it is not as dire as the media has portrayed it, let’s deal with the accusation of not loving our neighbors.
How is it loving to the 99.95% of my neighbors to lock them up at home, shut down their businesses, (some never to reopen) keep children from being in school, stop people from visiting loved ones in hospitals, cancel Church services, cancel graduations, and funerals, but leave casinos, pot stores, liquor stores, big box stores, online stores, golf courses, et cetera open? Not to mention, allowing riots in the streets disguised by the media as, “peaceful protests.” This is madness.
It is not loving at all! That is my answer. It is not loving my neighbor to harm the majority in this way. It is not loving to the minority to draw a circle around the less than one percent, and tell them, “We’re doing this for you!” Masks aren’t even effective. They are like a pacifier for a baby. It feels good, and takes your mind off the fact that you are still hungry, but at some point the truth of hunger will invade, and the pacifier will not be enough. I hope the truth is now invading, and we will come to our senses. We are harming our neighbors with these liberty crushing, draconian measures.
If we love our neighbors, we can keep the vulnerable, and sick, quarantined, while we allow the rest of our neighbors to carry on. I’ve witnessed it personally at work. Half the people who have the virus don’t suffer any symptoms. The majority of the other half have mostly mild, to moderate symptoms. I was one of the smaller minority who suffered more severe symptoms. The even smaller minority, which we’ve already stated is .0498% will die.
Remember, God is sovereign over everything, even our deaths. Since we are all sinners, we will all die. There is a 100% mortality rate among sinners, and 100% of us, are sinners. Do the math. It is simple. We can die in Christ, or outside of Christ. God is true good. Since He decides when you’ll die, and of what, it is good that it happens as He has determined. To doubt that, is to put yourself on God’s throne. That is neither wise, nor righteous. God is God, not you. Repent of your sins, trust solely in the work of Christ to justify you, and live for your Lord’s glory. Don’t cower in fear of your death. That is not living. It is not liberty in Christ either.
Grandma wouldn’t want you to hurt everyone for her, if she is a Christian. Grandma, and Grandpa (I speak from experience as a Grandpa) would not want to miss out on you, and your life, because they might die. We’ve lived a life, and know what it is to sacrifice for our children, and we are o.k. with that. As always, glorify God, love your neighbor, but please be thoughtful, reasonable, wise, and gentle.