Posted by: minnow | March 22, 2020

An Act of Love

Social distancing is an act a kin to loving one’s neighbor, family member, co-worker, healthcare professional, and grocer. It is being Jesus in an upside down world where normal could be a death sentence for those you love. The Bible repeatedly admonishes us: Do not be afraid. And we shouldn’t be. The Bible also tells us over 900 times to be wise. Wisdom can silence fear but only if we act in concert with truth. Our faith often helps us accomplish difficult tasks. Soldiers going into battle, medical professionals facing pandemics take actions that can cost them dearly, yet they act out of duty and honor and love for those they serve.

Today, those the frontlines serve have been asked to help bare the load–not by putting on armor and going into battle with them but instead by staying home–literally, by remaining in our homes, safe, clothed, fed, sheltered, able to be entertained via social media, a good movie, or a well loved book. Past generations scrimped and saved, did paper drives and rubber drives, hid people in their attics, and went on rations. We have been asked to avoid unnecessary gatherings. For the love of God and all His people, do not pretend to be people of faith by fighting fear with stupidity. Do not think you are young and won’t get sick, or if you do get sick won’t die because it’s the boomer doomer. The coronavirus does not discriminate. It is not racist, sexist, or ageist. Without a strong frontline it can, and most likely will, kill you. Your decisions to social distance, wash your hands, close the doors to your non-essential businesses will decide whether tens of thousands die or hundreds of thousands die.

Our government did not act quickly enough to begin with and continues to take inefficient steps to get ahead of this threat. America is not prepared. And Americans cannot wait on this administration to care more about the people than profit margins. Proof of that fact has been played out in each one of the press briefings aired since 45 finally admitted the coronavirus was not a hoax.

On January 31, 2020 the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, along with Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, announced that the coronavirus presented a public health emergency in the United States. Just ten days prior, on January 21, 2020 Washington State reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus on US soil. Two months later, as of March 21, 2020, over 15,000 cases have been confirmedĀ  by the CDC which updates its count daily Monday through Friday at 4PM. According to the New York Times data base, which updates daily, that number is over 29,000.

If it hasn’t already, the United States as a nation is about to hit the point of no return, which means medical facilities and healthcare workers will simply no longer be able to care for the sick and dying.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

In addition to social distancing and self isolating, practice safe outings. Don’t bring the whole family to the store if you can avoid it. When you go don’t touch items you don’t intend to buy. The virus stays active in the air up to 3 hours. It survives on cardboard up to 24 hours. It can survive on stainless steel and plastic up to 3 days. Leave the non perishable products you don’t need right away in your garage or a corner of your home for three days if possible.

To keep your environment clean and you safe practice a few non-invasive measures. The BEST cleaning solution is a 70% alcohol to 30% water solution you spray on surfaces, let sit for 20+ seconds and wipe off. When you wipe make long strokes in one direction like you shovel snow so you aren’t just moving the solution around. Additionally, WASH YOUR HANDS–every time you leave your home and return. AND DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE! Use any kind of soap and water. Rinse hands with warm to hot water, lather up, get in between your fingers and up 2 inches above your wrist, rub the tips of your fingers, around your thumbs and around your wrists, then rinse off with warm to hot water. The water is necessary to penetrate the membrane of the virus, the alcohol and soap break apart the lipids that hold the virus together.

We quell fear with wisdom. We practice wisdom with truth. Fellowships all across the country are discovering the joys (and frustrations) of virtual meetings, prayer circles via FB or ZOOM or…, and how to connect as a group without endangering individual members. Most of us will, in all likelihood, get through this. I hope, when we get to the other side, we wonder if we over-reacted. That will tell me we did the right thing, we loved our neighbors well, and we were people of faith and courage who did not flinch in the face of fear.


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