Monday, April 20, 2020

Illegitimate Destruction of Life, and a Suggestion of What to Do about It

As of this afternoon, our county has had 34 cases. 30 have recovered, none deceased. That means we have four cases remaining. It is good to give the benefit of the doubt to those who weigh lives against livelihood. But it is also good to recognize that the reason that it is called "livelihood" is because Scripture equates it with a man's life.

At this point, however, we can no longer legitimately say that we are weighing lives. It is arrogant to think that we could keep people from acquiring the virus, or even in many cases dying from it. The main consideration, then, was whether doing nothing would be risking coming to a point where resources were saturated, and the number of deaths increased needlessly. But even in the hottest spots, management of less severe cases, along with aggressive patient transport, kept them from ever getting to the point of complete resource saturation. 

While civil authorities cannot be faulted for not knowing the future—and it may even be (I seriously doubt it, but cannot know) that what they implemented was what God employed to keep us from getting to a saturation point—they can certainly be faulted for arrogance before God. And they can certainly be faulted for continuing to hurt livelihoods, when it can no longer be legitimately claimed that they are weighing lives against those livelihoods. 

If you find this reasoning convincing, then please contact your representatives—especially through personal connections. If your goal is to bring change, rather than just to express frustration, then especially enlist anyone you know who is actually close to someone who holds local or state office. Also, remember that there is a revolution scheduled for November. 

And, of course, the most important change to seek is recognition of and submission to Christ Himself. It is dreadfully short-sighted and earthly minded to think that reversal on a few issues is akin to reversal of the wickedness of our civic agnosticism and the judgment which it compels. I wrote, last week, with the goal of equipping folks to do so. If you've gotten this far, then I hope that you will take the time to read that, too. Especially if you have any connection to (or know anyone who does) lesser magistrates (mayors, sheriffs, county commissioners, etc.), there is plain instruction there that is specifically aimed at them.

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