Respecting the civil magistrate’s authority

I am seeing a lot of posts on social media by Christians (especially Reformed Christians) about obeying the civil magistrate’s quarantine orders in the novel Coronavirus epidemic. This is good. We live in a time where we hate authority, whether it be the legitimate exercise of authority in the home, of the church, and by the government. But many of these exhortations need to take a wider view.

Yes, the civil magistrate has authority to restrict movement during a viral outbreak to slow the spread of the virus and keep the health care system from being overwhelmed. We only have so many intensive care beds and ventilators. But does that mean that we should not question authority and whether every restriction is necessary? Should we not question whether some policies go too far? Should we not question when the restrictions are going to end?

Yes, we should respect the government’s legitimate exercise of authority, which God has delegated to them for our benefit. We should thank God that our leaders are trying to protect the most vulnerable, and submit to their orders. No one is advocating full-scale disobedience of quarantine orders right now. Let’s have that in mind and keep a sense of proportion.

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Telling the truth is not racist

Calling COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus” is not racist. It is a way to remind the world that the Communist government of China (which murdered 60 million Chinese under Mao) covered up the danger of the novel coronavirus and forcibly silenced doctors who were warning about it.

Had China acted quickly and not covered up the danger with lies and censorship the virus could have been contained. We are in this mess because Xi Jinping is a liar and a murderous tyrant.

COVID-19 is the Communist Virus.

More thoughts on the Communist Virus

As we are working through our response to the novel coronavirus, but when this is all over China needs to face some serious repercussions. The Communist government not only allowed this virus to spread, but they actively covered it up and silenced doctors and others who warned about it. That is why we need to call COVID 19 the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.” We need to continually remind the world of the Communist government’s culpability in this pandemic.

And no, it is not “racist” to hold the Communist regime accountable for their despicable actions. This genocidal regime murdered 60 million dead under Mao and has been brutally repressing the Chinese people for generations. If anything is “racist” against Chinese people, it is running interference for the Communist butchers oppressing them and trying to silence critics of the Communists.

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Some good news

Here is some encouraging news in this dark time:

A study in Science last week estimated that 86 percent of all infections were undocumented in the early stages of China’s epidemic, before the travel restrictions that the government imposed on January 23. In other words, the actual number of infections was roughly six times as high as the official number. If that holds true at this point in the United States, where about 41,000 cases have been confirmed so far, the actual number of infections right now would be nearly 250,000. The actual CFR would be 0.2 percent, compared to the current crude CFR of 1.2 percent.

Read the rest at Reason.

Is the Wuhan Virus a judgment from God?

Here is an uncomfortable prospect that Christians need to think about: We should not ignore the possibility that Coronavirus is a judgment from God for our wickedness. There are examples all through Scripture of exactly this kind of thing. Here are a few examples:

  • Numbers 25:1-9
  • Numbers 16:42-49
  • 1 Chronicles 21:7-15
  • 1 Corinthians 11:27-30

It is easy for us to see God’s hand in blessings, but reject the thought of temporal earthly judgment. We often bristle at the idea that God would punish us in this life for the way we live, but that mentality is just not Biblical. Continue reading

We all need to have a sense of proportion

When a New York Times employee made a silly math mistake, she was not expecting the kind of backlash she got. What this episode shows is that we all need to have a sense of proportion and tone down the anger. None of this is helpful.

First: You will get mocked if you are a public figure. That comes with the territory and is something to be expected. Of course a viral tweet is going to generate a response. But nut-picking is a bad way to grade all of society or our general political environment. There are bad people out there who say terrible things, and it is easy to sift through the worst of the worst for website clicks and social media shares.

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2 Chronicles 7:13-14

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Serious repercussions for China

When this is all over, China needs to face some serious repercussions for allowing this virus to spread, especially trying to cover it up and silencing people who warned about it.

Yes, we need to call COVID19 the “Chinese Virus” or the “Wuhan Virus.” It is not “racist” to hold the Communist regime accountable for their despicable actions. This genocidal regime (60 million dead under Mao) has been brutally oppressing the Chinese people for generations.

Communism is 100% pure evil.