Friday, June 5, 2020

So Many Questions

As the news cycle evolves from Covid Crisis to Civil Crisis, I watch the madness as society implodes and conclude we are indeed at war with dark principalities. 

Never having been much of a joiner, I am unable to plug into the current stream of consciousness. I’m a maverick free thinker who always has questions but rarely gets them answered. So, I stand aside and observe as humans self-destruct, usually under the banner of righteousness - currently referred to as being “for the greater good”. 

I’ve run out of ways to say this, so I’ll just put it here, perhaps one last time - no apologies - human righteousness is not God righteousness. We can rally to causes that seem so good to our human sensibilities. But when we depend on our own interpretation of goodness, those who are determined can force millions into a mindset of what they deem is best for mankind. 

Unfortunately, history tells us that if it isn’t from God, we fall short every time … to our detriment. 

We can also make thousands of laws but we will never be able to legislate safety, hate or love. Why? Because these conditions are subjective and cannot be defined or enforced by a written code. What is safety? What is hate? Isn’t murder unsafe? Isn’t all crime hate driven? Is one murder more heinous than another murder if it falls within the boundaries of an additional written law? If existing laws cannot insure safety or prevent murder, can more laws stop hate? What is the goal? To create love by outlawing hate?

Why isn’t abortion murder?

Those in charge of Communist China, being godless, have implemented a ‘good citizen’ point system because 'goodness' must come from somewhere. Is that where we are headed?

The following questions spawn many more that point me to a single conclusion:

• Release dangerous, violent criminals from jail (lockdown) because they might get Covid-19 but then arrest small business owners for defying lockdown and throw them in jail?  But, take the blue pill because we are all in this together, right?

• Shelter dozens of Florida wild fire victims in a hotel that had been closed due to pandemic rules and tell those who wish to donate items they must drop off at front door of hotel to protect the people suddenly forced to shelter there - together?

• Ignore a US Naval ship docked at New York harbor ready to receive Covid-19 patients but instead send them to nursing homes to infect those who had been declared the most vulnerable people. 

• Find shelter for California homeless in hotels that closed due to pandemic. Provide them with alcohol and hard drugs and when the coast is called all clear - then what?  Throw them back to the streets? Will the media notice? 

• Spend millions of taxpayer dollars to erect temporary hospital tent camps in multiple cities only to have to take them down for lack of use.

• Scramble to provide shelter for 10,000 victims of two dams breaking in a state that is run by a Governor who demands the citizens remain in lock down and that churches remain closed, that a barber be ripped of his license even as a filthy sex club be deemed ‘essential’?

• Open beaches in one state even as another threatens to pull any swimmer out of the ocean and arrest them?

• A lone surfer in Manhattan Beach, California, was cited for defying state orders that all beaches were closed, for a fine of up to $1,000. Apparently the ocean isn’t big enough for social distancing?

• What does asymptomatic mean and does this only apply to Covid-19 and not other viruses? Do we have herd immunity from past pandemic viruses? How did that happen? Can they test for that?

• What happened when the Great Black Plague of the 14th century that killed 50 million people finally ran its course?  How did we survive the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1900? How many died of Hong Kong flu of 1968, including those who attended Woodstock? What happened to Sars? Bird Flu? H1N1? How many will continue to die of all sorts of causes, including different viruses, cancer, accidents, physician error? Can we end death by staying quarantined forever? 

• Where are the other statistics for deaths in the first five months of 2020 from causes not Covid-19? Can we even believe the statistics given how loose the counters were with cause of death?

• Believe the experts who say wear masks, they protect you, don’t wear masks, they make it worse? 

  • Who will declare ‘all clear’ and when? Is the wearing of a mask the new normal? Will we now always have to go one way up and down the aisle at Publix and obey the six feet apart rule? Is anyone but me seeing the hysteria and hypocrisy here?

• Demand mail in votes because it’s safer but allow big box stores to stay open even as small businesses are ordered to stay closed?

And finally…

• It’s okay to assemble into a shoulder to shoulder mob and loot and burn down businesses but it’s not okay to assemble to pray in a church, synagog, or have a wedding or a funeral? 

• If being sufficiently dumbed down produces a mindless unwise society of un-thinkers, how long til we dissolve into anarchy? 


• Are we living in the Matrix or is it the Truman Show?

There is only one answer that satisfies all the questions for me - satan must be thrilled now that a tsunami of common senselessness has washed over us. 

Even so come Lord Jesus

For Him,



  1. I was re-reading Screwtape Letters back at the beginning of this pandemic, and wow--kept finding parallels to our situation and the designs of the evil one. I am a slow processor of current events, but I hear so much contradiction in the way we are handling everything. God, help us when the time comes that we are actually in a life or death situation as a nation!

  2. God help us indeed. I was just reading Acts 22 - some serious corrolaries there. Seems as though Scripture becomes more profound, even those words we've read a hundred times, when current events sharpen the focus. Again, my prayer life lately is reduced to 'and deliver us from evil' and protect us from tragedy. :-[

  3. Being in the world - but not of it - is often very difficult to navigate for me. News reports, etc., are not produced by disciples of Christ so when is it ok/not ok to listen to all that? As followers of Christ we should hear HIS voice and proceed accordingly. How many Christians hear His voice?

    When we believe we hear Him, we are often way out of step with those around us. That may cause us to doubt. That may cause us to be the recipients of ridicule or worse. What's a true follower of King Jesus to do??

    I echo you, Meema, God help us indeed.

    1. Good questions, Nann. I can only speak for myself and respond that I have practiced the discipline of listening, obeying, and trusting, for most of my adult life. This absolutely makes me out of step with the world. On good days, I’m very okay with it, on weak days I feel huge defeat.

      Where I waffle is when to speak and when to hold my tongue, because being ‘right’ isn’t always the best rationale. Of late, I have been stirred to simply write what is on my mind and in my heart. But, not knowing for sure if it is the right thing to do, I have opted to simply put it here and let God direct whomsoever He wishes to read it. That includes most of my friends and family. They don’t subscribe but rather expect me to send out a group email announcing a new blog post. This time I sent it to one person because I knew he would understand.

      I see the handwriting on the wall, we are as divided as we were during the Civil War and it is not my desire to cause dissension but neither can I remain silent. I’d really rather float above the fray, keeping my posts philosophical but is that a cowardly excuse? I don’t know the answer to that either. Maybe it comes back to being fine-tuned to listen, obey and trust. Speak or be silent depending on the prompt?

    2. Psalm 119:74 Those who fear You shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in Your word.

      Oswald Chambers: Remember that you can never give another person what you have found, but you can cause him to have a desire for it.

    3. Oswald Chambers, T. Austin-Sparks, Vance Havner, and several others of the old teachers, the ones who had the spirit of the word, not just the letter - I lean on them a lot.

      Here’s a little aside - years ago I had an epiphany. I figured out one way (at least) to discern the difference between a real teacher and a good sounding false one - the real one causes you to pick up your Bible to learn more. The false one just wants you to pay attention to him and buy his books.

      I copied this a couple days ago from Chambers -

      By Oswald Chambers

      If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. —John 13:17

      Be determined to know more than others. If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbor, full of joy, but always tied to the dock. You have to get out past the harbor into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself— begin to have spiritual discernment.

      When you know that you should do something and you do it, immediately you know more. Examine where you have become sluggish, where you began losing interest spiritually, and you will find that it goes back to a point where you did not do something you knew you should do. You did not do it because there seemed to be no immediate call to do it. But now you have no insight or discernment, and at a time of crisis you are spiritually distracted instead of spiritually self-controlled. It is a dangerous thing to refuse to continue learning and knowing more.

      The counterfeit of obedience is a state of mind in which you create your own opportunities to sacrifice yourself, and your zeal and enthusiasm are mistaken for discernment. It is easier to sacrifice yourself than to fulfill your spiritual destiny, which is stated in Romans 12:1-2. It is much better to fulfill the purpose of God in your life by discerning His will than it is to perform great acts of self-sacrifice. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…” (1 Samuel 15:22). Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been. “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know…” (John 7:17).

    4. Was listening to Burl Ives on youtube sing "brighten the corner where you are" and it says "someone far from harbor you can guide across the bar." Guess it's time to set sail? :D

    5. Burl Ives. Haven't heard that name in ages. LOL!