‘Coronavirus‘,or ‘Covid-19’ , a term which has caused thousands of casualties and has affected millions of homosapiens directly and billions indirectly , has become a humanitarian crisis .There have been several decades since the world has seen such a global threat which has grown so rapidly that the countries like USA, UK, Italy, and several […]
This is the response I left Avi after reading his post. Are you willing to give us both a read and share your thoughts on this matter? Thanks, dear followers, for your honest feedback. PTH
“As to the pandemic, my amazement is twofold:
1. That 2.9 billion citizens can be manipulated and panicked so completely by media.
2. That so few can contextualize the information they’re given, and draw their own conclusions.
For example, I live in the Midwest at the heart of North America. I will give only a few distinctions between here and places CCP virus has hit so hard:
In provinces of C. w/ highest death toll often have air quality indexes on a scale highly polluted to toxic, w/ point values between 90-110.
MW. air quality is very clean w/ ratings in range of 25-35.
C. provinces w/ high death rate also share very high rates of smoking, especially among males.
MW. states have much lower death rates and much lower rates of smokers.
C. has a robust economy, but it’s a command economy. Therefore, it may not be legal for businesses to adapt to practices that protect the health of their employees or neighbors.
MW. the economy under President T made astounding recovery reaching pinnacle before virus. Small businesses are the lifeblood of American employment. These small companies have historically owned great freedoms of choice to remain adaptable, therefore flexible to offer solutions to their employees and neighbors in crisis.
However, we now share a world not under the rule of law, but under the rule of “emergency powers”. Millions around the globe have suffered from this disease AND have had their human rights stripped.
My greatest concern?
Freedom of Worship.
In my home state of Minnesota and in my home city of St. Paul, we have not retained our “inalienable” rights to join together in worship. We who follow Christ lost Easter. Jews lost the Passover and many even Pesach. Muslims are banned from Ramadan. Our numerous neighbors of SE Asian descent (Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Hmong, Karen) reel from being barred from their temples.
Walmart and Target stores are deemed “essential businesses” and remain open with health directives: masking, social distance, etc.
Yet, all houses of worship are classified as ” non-essential”.
This is why I fast for my State. Our G-d is worthy of continuous remembrance, honor, gratitude, praise, and worship. This bleak morning with frigid rain, (Yes, it’s only 49deg. here on May 17) we go to worship outside on the steps of our capitol. This is not an act of defiance to our Governor, but an act of compliance to the laws of the King of the Universe.
May the faithful of the world find courage and hope in Him this day!
Friend, thanks for your article!
Lord, currently I’m sitting by the liftbridge over the St Croix River in downtown Stillwater, MN. My heart is so heavy. I need a place of tranquility like this to pause and listen to what’s on Your Mind for the North Star State.
I began my fast this morning to call the Church to pray. Since March 13, 2020, all houses of worship of all faiths of Minnesota have been closed. Our Governor, Tim Walz, declared a state of “peacetime emergency” in response to the Wuhan pandemic. While I support his initial response to Covid-19, I do not understand or endorse the total ban on all of our normal expressions of worship.
Though I am committed to the way of Christ, my heart aches for those Jewish neighbors blocked from Pesach or Passover, Muslims blocked from kneeling together for Ramadan, just as my spiritual family suffered an Easter without the Last Supper, and the healing fellowship of our brothers and sisters. While quarantines do have precedent in our State’s history, the shut-down of the Church and all houses of worship, including their physical and collective acts of worship is unprecedented! Dear Governor, we love you, and need you to survive, but this is killing us inwardly, crushing our free religious choices, and limiting our own decisions to risk getting a flu versus meeting with Our Father.
Dear Governor, we kindly, respectfully, but resolutely dissent! I respectfully but firmly disagree that Covid-19 “social distancing” necessarily trumps our freedom of religion. I respectfully and firmly call the Church of Minnesota to fast and pray with me until the complete and uninhibited restoration of our “inalienable” rights are restored. I call members of all faiths to join me in this “Holy Protest”.
So we find ourselves in the same conflict as generations of the faithful. We have been served with an avoidable and unnecessary ultimatum; “Social distance, halt worship, or become an outlaw.” About two millennia ago, the Apostles found themselves embroiled in a similar controversy; “Why do our beloved brothers now consider us enemies?” In Acts 5:28,29 we see this conflict in early Church history.
“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man’s blood.”
There surely must be a way to resolve this! We can afford our Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, and Temples the same courtesy to remain open as Target or Wal-Mart! Let us fast and pray to the One until then. We must not fail to meet with G-d for He is worth it! Dear friends, old and new, let us declare to the ages; “Worship is essential!”
James D. Orvis – Pray Through History – May 11, 2020 – Iyar 17, 5780
My title is not a reference to bovine droppings, but fill-in-the-blank Bible Study workbooks!
My wife made it a goal to teach our daughters the Word during this shut-down. A noble and worthy goal. Several of her friends wanted to study the same materials together, and they picked a series by Beth Moore.
Though I bristle at her women-o-centric presentation, I love Beth Moore and am glad that she’s out there. She clearly loves the Bible, the Christ of the Bible, and wants to help women know Him. Maybe I’m a rebel, but I just cringe at fill-in-the-blank anything!
That said, I’m doing her Bible study, but taking the rabbit trails I need to in order to reach revelation. Maybe I have a slow brain, and I need to look at a questions from multiple angles before I have an opinion? Her readings are centered on Genesis 1:26-2:17 and Genesis 3:1-9 and ask the questions: “Where are you?” and “Where is G-d?”
My process of reading scripture, if I have one, is to invite the Holy Spirit to help me learn what He wants today, and read until something “pops”. That’s it. My internal questions most days sound more like, “Hey Dad, what are You up to today? Can I come along?”
So, back on track, the first thing that bounced in this reading was Genesis 2:5.
“Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,” *
What did this say to me? That we, humans, planted everything on the face of the earth. I had never noticed that we were made to be planters, horticulturalists, or farmers before today. (Sort of an irony that our Maker and our faith is so scorned on Earth Day when He put us here to make things grow, isn’t it?)
So I kept reading dutifully, blah, blah, blah, the whole text through 3:9. Nothing. Crickets. Then I re-read Genesis 2:16-17 and got bounced again on the noggin by the Counselor.
“And the LORD God commanded him, “You may eat freely from every tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” **
Two more coins dropped, and two questions popped into my mind; “What does the Lord mean by “eat freely”? and “What’s so bad about knowledge of good and evil?”
Pondering the first question, I am led to believe that the Master loves sharing! He wants us to explore; climb every mountain and ford every stream. He generously gave us a universe filled with the answer “Yes!”
Yet, within His universe of freedoms there we find one “no”; “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” It seems completely illogical at first glance that learning about good and bad, this and that, lightness and darkness could be, (gulp) deadly?
But thankfully, today G-d took me down a different rabbit trail to contemplate the sin before the “original sin”. What was it about Satan’s thinking and heart that ejected him, such a beautiful and awe-inspiring creature, from the presence of the Eternal One forever? What is another word that encapsulates and crystalizes “knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil”? Surely, the King of the Universe does not withhold or resent our learning, contemplation, and exploration of everything, so what is it?
Let’s focus on what He said, rather than on the Serpent’s hissing? ”
“for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17b
G-d is the great “I Am”. He is the Only One Eternally Present. Therefore, He is the Only One worthy of the name Elohei Mishpat; G-d of Justice! He told us plainly, “You can’t eat this food of judgment or you will die.”
Not to be vain, but for the sake of argument, let’s cross check G-d, ok? Satan begins the cycle of sin in Isaiah 14:14 with a heart of judgment.
“I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” BSB ***
Look again, friends and what do you see; “I will” and “I will”! Satan’s original original sin is judging: a. That he is capable of knowing good and evil. b. That his assessment’s are more just than G-d.
But he is just the author of the cycle of judgment and counter-judgment. His ejection was the belief that he could rightly divide good and evil APART from the Omniscient One. His logical theorems, postulates, and arguments always fail. Forgive my wordiness, but indulge me an example or two?
- To perfectly assess and judge good and evil, one must have perfect and total knowledge.
- To have perfect and total knowledge, one must be eternal.
- To be eternal, one must not be a creature or creation.
- Therefore, a creature or creation is not eternal, and by definition cannot possess perfect and total knowledge.
- Satan falsely judged Elohei Mishpat based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil.
- Satan’s judgement of G-d based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil broke relationship with G-d. (This is important. G-d did not leave him. He left the Presence of G-d.)
- Satan’s exit of the Presence of G-d began his practice of the cycle of judgment based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil.
- Satan’s practice of the cycle of judgment based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil entered the human race through Adam and Eve’s abandonment of Justice.
- Therefore, the practice of the cycle of judgment based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil is Satanic, and excludes us from the Presence of G-d.
- Exclusion from the Presence of G-d is willfully practicing the cycle of Death through judgment and counter-judgment based on creaturely, incomplete knowledge of good and evil.
All this long-windedness to say that all forms of human separation started with a rejection of our Kind Judge. In turn, we have accepted the mores of the Enemy, a cruel judge whose false assessments are also based on false information. He is truly the Author of Prejudice! He pre-judged G-d and abandoned the Truth. He strives to teach humanity pre-judgement and the abandonment that any truth exists.
Insofar as we believe the Author of Prejudice and the Abandoner of G-d, we enter into his dominion of eternal co-dependency. We must kill and covet. We must reject love to protect ego. We must constantly remain in “fight or flight” mode because “our will must be done”! Our value is up for grabs because it is not rooted in Elohei Mishpat. We have self-rejected staying in the present through the grace and truth of I Am, and walk backwards over the cliffs of injustice. And that, dear friends, is the B as in B, S as in S of the Enemy of All Humanity!
We heal history because our Messiah believes in doing so!
We overlook and overcome lies and temptations to enact our “street justice” on our enemies.
We practice the Presence of G-d by remaining present to our lives through forgiveness and an acceptance of being a chosen and dearly-loved member of His family.
We remember, record, and bring our offense to the Only One who can take it.
We release the prisoners of the Enemy because we, too, know the horrors of “my will be done”!
We correctly accept that Justice is His, and He will fairly judge all when the game is over because He is the Christ of Post-justice not Prejudice!
I’m up early this morning, about 4:15am, and am not able to drive Uber because my phone fell into a snowdrift and is malfunctioning …again. I’m wondering about my mom and siblings who are making a 600 mile trek from Minneapolis to Springfield, Missouri on snow-dusted Interstate 35. They are braving the elements to pay last respects for my cousin Stephen. He was an exceptionally gifted and eternally curious man who packed a lot of life into 58 years. Still too soon. Far too soon.
Cousin, may I tip my hat to you with the words of Yeats? I only found this poem because: the snowfall, my phone dying, moisture in USB port, and a kind message in Spanish from a new friend halfway around the world. (Please follow the link to Juan Re Crivello.) G-d, You don’t make our paths easy, but You make them meaningful! Amen!
An Irish Airman foresees his Death
By William Butler Yeats
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before…
Please follow the link and finish this poem?