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March 13, 2020 8:00 pm
While the CDC reports that there have been 1,629 total case in the U.S. with 41 deaths, a relatively small number considering our population of over 300 million people, the threat of COVID-19 has led to an enormous downturn of the stock market, cancellations of large gatherings (sporting events, Disneyland, conferences, etc.), shortages of basic goods (toilet paper, hand sanitizer), runs on food, suspensions of schools and workplaces, and major disruption to the travel industry, amongst many other things...
Coronavirus, of course, this was everyone's talking about right now by things a Christian should know and do as a topical discuss right here today on the general view radio program with the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ M.Div. Wheaton to host our website is the Christian worldview.org will thank you for joining us today as we discussed this new story that's taken over everything else reading the Guardian UK newspaper there today. The top 10 stories at that particular publication. I'm guessing this is an unique to them were about the coronavirus.
So, according to the Center for disease control, the CDC, a new coronavirus respiratory disease that was first detected in China called Co. vid 2019, a covert stands for coronavirus disease 2019 has quickly altered life worldwide. The World Health Organization is just upgraded the disease to a global pandemic now while the CDC, the Center for disease control in this country I reports that there have been 1629 total cases in the US with 41 dL. That was the last reporting is changing daily. That's a relatively small number can considering our overall population of 327 million people at literally .0005% of our population has has had reported cases of the coronavirus, but the threat of it has led to an enormous downturn of the stock market. Cancellations of large gatherings whether it's major sporting events Disneyland conferences churches are shortages of basic goods, toilet paper hand sanitizer runs on food all over the country. Suspensions of schools and workplaces. Major disruptions as well to the travel industry, among many other things which leads us to the obvious conclusion how quickly life can change in how little control we actually have in this life mean no one really saw that this extreme measures will be coming this quickly. After all, I was in Los Angeles last weekend last week for the shepherd's conference went to church at Grace Community Church last Sunday will 56 days later announcing a church services been canceled the travel industry is been shaken. Everything is changed very significantly over the past week. So today the Christian worldview going to discuss this coronavirus Co. vid 19. The focus of almost every new story, people's lives all around the world. Everyone is talking about of the course. How should a Christian think about this, which we know about it, which we think about it and what should you do and not do. What are some theological truths to keep in mind that we can rest in the midst of a I would say pretty unprecedented situation, at least in my lifetime where the countries been declared a national emergency and the things are being shut down in a big wide scale all across the world in this country, will the latest facts on the coronavirus and it's a little difficult to get factual information because there's so much reporting going on in social media and so forth.
But you to go to some of the more governmental agencies to get some facts and that's because the news media has a vested interest in hyping this because the more they hype it no more, fear they create in the more people will click on their websites more people watch their their news report.
So there's a vested interest there and getting more people to walk because you can charge more for advertising. So there's a a financial and viewer advantage to doing that young core social media is unreliable is very rumor based you get the extremes of all this is just a hoax and what the flu is much worth many more people die from the flu will talk about that a second.
You know, this is just a Democrat attempt to sink trump on one side and on the other side airstream as well. Your trump hasn't done enough to to stop this 250 million people was reporting the Drudge Report is going to be affected with this is that that's nearly half of our population so you have extremes of reporting you just have no idea what Brett really disabled that's accurate or that's an exaggeration. China were the.
The disease was first detected is actively propagandizing to blame the US for this is that they're not cannot take credit they're trying to change the whole narrative, so it's not their fault it's on the Americans fault the Centers for Disease Control in the World Health Organization.
These are major organizations Artie quoted them today, but they're not immune to factors being manipulated for their agendas. So remember, worldview is always the bottom line money is in the bottom line, life, worldview, ideology is the bottom line in life and so they're going to report things and not saying there terribly biased, but is not there just made up of people and people have agendas and people have worldviews.
So, certainly, as you listen to our program today. I'm not an expert on this and I'm reading and watching the same reports you are I can tell you what the Bible says about things. But as far as this coronavirus you know I'm reading the same things you are trying to extrapolate what's truth, what's likely. What's not so take the take take that just in consideration as we we do this program today. Well according to the CDC. Just a few more facts on how this started, in case there's been too much news reporting you try to get back to the very basics. This is from the CDC early on and says many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan province or Wuhan city and Hubei province in China had a link some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting that there was an animal to person spread and we know whether it was like I have heard in a gun world is true like you know their people were eating bats or something in somebody's open animal markets where you know it's it's very the high gene is very suspect of these two American standards, so somehow you may be a human. Ate something of an animal and got this disease and then it spread to other persons like a sudden CCD see her later. A growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to these animal markets, indicating that it is the start of the spread from person-to-person soil from animal like a bat to a person or something like that and then all of a sudden did it.
The virus showed itself to be able to go notice from animal to person but from person-to-person outsourcing around the world today who most affects. According to CDC.
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. For example, it says seem to be high at higher risk of developing serious Co. vid 19 illness so it definitely affects all people, especially the of have underlying health conditions. The respiratory flu like disease but particularly older people are more susceptible to having really severe and even death. As a result of this virus or play a soundbite start off year from Anthony Fouts you probably seen him on TV. He's a doctor he's an American in media at a meteorologist and scientist, the head of the national Institute of allergy and infectious diseases at the national Institute of health you seen him on the news channels he's part of the presence task force trying to stop this, but here's what he said about the coronavirus SARS was also coronavirus in 2002 infected 8000 people, and it killed about 775.
It had a mortality of that 9 to 10%. That's only 8000 people in about a year in the 2 1/2 months that we've had this coronavirus.
As you know we now have multiple multiples of that so it clearly is not as lethal get to the lethality in the moment, but it certainly spread spread probably for the practical understanding of the American people. The seasonal flu that we deal with every year has a mortality of 0.1%.
The stated mortality.
Overall of this when you look at all the data, including China is about 3%. At first audit office to and now three. I think if you count all the cases of minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic infection that probably brings a mortality rate down to somewhere around 1%, which means it is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu. I think that's something that people can get their arms around and understand past Dr. Anthony Fouts, Jean, basically, that sort of putting the rest the idea of people sing well it's not as bad as the flu more people get the flu.
Every year more people die of the flu will yes that's because more people have have caught the flu already. This is a burgeoning virus.
This hasn't been able to take hold like that. The seasonal flu yet, but as you said, it's, it's more his more devastating and once more people got it, more people will die of it than die of the flu and this is why everything's been canceled like a mesh at the beginning what was it something like .0005% of the population has a disk infinitesimal right, but if it's just a spread like it has in certain parts of Italy and apparently around in and obviously in shine, and so forth that the Hitler try to slow this so the healthcare system is not overwhelmed in this country that would be just you would would be enough beds and treatments and everything else if it it's allowed to spread so try to cancel everything, sporting events, you name it, so that not as many people get infected. So there's not a rush on healthcare. Along with this of come all of course all the conspiracy theories, and I can't verify your or are put to rest any of them. I don't have any inside information.
Running these. Some will say it's a manufactured crisis that China started this at a virus lab in their country or or it's a biological weapon there trying to take down Tromp in retaliation for the tariffs he put against the country in the front take down this country.
I don't know maybe I know have no evidence to say that, of course, the, the leadership of China.
Certainly not beyond that, it's a very, very evil, evil country from a communist leadership standpoint, so I don't know.
No reason to think that they were there there there better than that, but I also no reason to think that that's actually the case.
To some people think it's it's it's a testing of the police state here in this country. Yet how far can we be pushed to be having to enter a police state, yet always watch out for government overreach.
No president Tromp declared a national emergency yesterday and what it ostensibly does is open up a lot of freedoms and you'd you drop regulations for how healthcare can be done because it's a crisis, but you remember back in 9/11, the patriot Act and so forth there. There is there is easily loss. Losses of civil liberties in emergencies like this so you to pay very close attention, you know, what with this threshing health emergencies like this. Governments have almost almost unsurpassed power to do whatever they want in health emergencies like this because after all that you're there to put in" year there trying to is this for your health and your safety is under that under that it that under that reason, almost anything can be done in this situation. So this is something very much to pay attention on it however started and whatever the conspiracies theories are there's no doubt this crisis will be used for political ends me.
This is an election year. In the words of Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and Pres. Obama's advisor, never let a crisis go to waste. He said and and the Democrats are going to use this to try to undermine Tromp if Tromp doesn't do the right thing here I give. He hadn't yet declared a national emergency nibbling hadn't been shut down early here okay if they had shut everything down. This would he look really bad if this took off and all of a sudden infected so many many people in the world so deserving enough in a quandary. And if I don't do it, it's gonna get worse as their work will come back and talk more after this is a pain to know that there are people who do not know Jesus is a greater pain to know that oftentimes Jesus and Christianity is being distorted. Destiny called Congress thought.
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You know he's going to lose the election over it be such a big deal for one more soundbite instant before we get into those five things a Christian should know in Dubai get back to Dr. Anthony Ouchi and what he thinks he's on the task force.
The presence task force was to see him on TV and so forth. Here's what his thoughts are on what's going to happen going forward, and why everything is closing. While it certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies. Containment and mitigations that you're talking about is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways that you can so we really mitigate the spread of the virus.
If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these types of viruses, and even look at what's going on in China and in Italy and South Korea you go along like this the way we work and then you have a big spike that goes way up.
And then after while if the much disease and suffering and death. It comes back down again. The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak into blunted so that it's a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain were at a critical point now more in some regions of the country than in others, but in general the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we could save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness and to be clear as PT at no is no doubt that we have not peaked yet. Okay that's Anthony Ouchi of the national Institute of health and also wonders read you what it's like going on in Europe.
I received a text message yesterday from Soren current member Soren.
He was one of came and spoke to one of our speaker series events a couple years ago. He's a geopolitical analyst for the gates don't Institute. He texted me yesterday. I think you be fine with me reading is on the year. He said Spain is now in a state of emergency as of tomorrow as today were going to be confined to our home for at least 15 days, possibly more, the entire country is shut down no one to be seen as eerie. Is that a study or read today says that Spain is seven days behind Italy Germany is 11 days behind in that USA is 16 days behind the full force of the viruses coming to Spain this weekend and he says probably to American just under two weeks and so that was his analysis of Soren Kiernan, you can see how just what that's basically what Anthony felt. She just said, it's gonna get worse before it gets better.
So just because everything's been shut down here doesn't mean that bell curve is knocking to keep going up and what the try to do is try to keep the bell curve from getting so hot to try to keep it lower and keep everyone separate from each other for a couple weeks in in in the hope that not as many people will get infected and so I actually think is probably a pretty good idea.
I even though it's it's a really extreme to do this and so with so few people he thankful that that many people are sick of them and people are dying what's going on what is still I think they they don't want to take the chance of it started getting out of control and overwhelming over overwhelming everything okay let's get onto more the that the theological spiritual side of this. Five things I think a Christian should know and do. Will try to open the phone lines a day as well.
If we have some time to get some of your thoughts is what I think the first thing a Christian should know when doing this is the most important point here is to know and to trust that God is sovereign over this.
This word sovereignty gets thrown around a lot people misunderstand what it means or they don't believe in God's sovereignty, but sovereign means basically to rule or terrain. The word rain is in the word sovereign to have control to be an authority. It is the truth of Scripture is that God either causes or allows everything that happens to happen. Another words as RC Sproul once said, if there is this one single molecule in this universe running around loose totally free of God's sovereignty and we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled. That's by RC Sproul in his book by God are chosen by God and so the idea of God's sovereignty is that God controls everything that happens, causes it, or he allows it to happen. I want to got questions, they have usually good one page summaries and some of these theological questions and doctrines. They say God's sovereignty is one of the most important principles in Christian theology, as well as one of its most hotly debated topics.
Whether or not God is actually sovereign is usually not a topic of debate all mainstream Christians sex they call it agree that God is preeminent in power and authority God's sovereignty is a natural consequence of his omniscience. That means he knows all his omnipotence means he is all-powerful and his omnipresence mean he's all present is a God is all-knowing and all-powerful and all present. Therefore he sovereign right but that's not what subject to disagreement.
They say, is to what extent God applies his sovereignty.
Specifically, how much control he exerts over the will of man, how much exerts over our lives. We speak of the sovereignty of God, we mean that he rules the universe within the debate begins over when and where his control is direct and where it is indirect.
The article goes on to say that the reality of human volition or human will and human accountability to God sets the maximum boundary for God's sovereign control over the universe, which is to say that there is a point at which at which God chooses to allow things that he does not directly cause, such as saying the same thing I said just earlier, God either causes something to happen or he allows it to happen so look at passages like Deuteronomy 28 he won God speaking to the nation of Israel. If you target for the Christian for the person out there thankful guy would never cause the a disease, a pestilence like this. This is all over Scripture, God is doing this to me this is not just in one place.
I'll give you one example in Deuteronomy 28 when he speaking to the nation of Israel.
He said that it shall come about if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes with which I charge you today that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. The Lord will make the pestilence that that that's a wasting disease cling to you until he is consumed. You rescued me from the land where you are entering to possess. This is Moses speaking on behalf of God, the Lord will smite you with consumption, with fever and with inflammation, with fiery heat and with the sword and with blight and with mildew and they will pursue you until you perish and get not just one example of the many examples and in Scripture God directly causes a pestilence like this for his purposes for punishment or consequences of something I'm not saying that's exactly the purpose you I do not know God's purposes in this what I'm saying those God is sovereign either cause this or he allowed this so we should never think that we should never think that that the common evangelical notion that God is only loving, and he only does good things to us and nothing ever, but that is not that is not found in Scripture, Hall. There are definitely consequences and punishments and pestilences that come directly from God. Think of the plagues in Egypt when the nation of Israel was leaving it each of many other places throughout Scripture read the book of Revelation and what God is going to do in the end times are directly caused by God. Now the other reality is that God allows these things to happen. We see in the book of Job, that that an amazing account, something that she just really open her eyes to the way God operates in Job we have Job was a righteous man, wealthy had everything, large family, everything in over 70 find out in Job this is a historical reality. This is not a myth or legend here. This is a metaphor of a day when the sons of God, these are these are Satan's angels demons came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them, so apparently Satan has access to God. To me this is something what we did know this hot.
The Lord said to Satan, from where do you come then Satan answered the Lord and said, from roaming about on the earth and walking around on it. The Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, for there is no one like like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil. Then Satan answered the Lord, does Job fear you are fear God for nothing. Have you not made a hedge about him in his house and all that he has every side you have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land but put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has he will surely curse you to your face.
Then the Lord said to him, here it is, behold, all that he has is in your power only. Do not put forth your hand on him so Satan departed from the presence of the Lord, and you probably know the rest. The story that Satan is afflicted Job, and he lost his family and all his possessions and he got terribly sick and boils and everything so there is the example of God's sovereignty again God allowing Satan to do evil, painful, insidious, nefarious work on the earth. This is all part of God's sovereignty. So if your view of God is well. God only does good things he only brings Visio bunnies and puppies do not you, not reading the God of the Bible, God either actively causes since something like this to happen or he allows it to happen. We all don't understand why we can't just make a conclusion because we know that now we know the reason why he did this.
We just know that God is sovereign over it is not out of his control that the first thing we can rest and is that this is not out of his control. God will use this either because it allowed allowed it and he will use it for his purposes, to advance his plan forward and ultimately will bring glory back to him. By contrast, even in our advance world as opposed to God, having complete control over all the affairs of life.
This should teach us that we have very little control over life life as we know it.
As we found out this past week can be changed and shut down very quickly.
Supply chains disruption. No food income lost work, travel, hospital rooms, meds, everything has changed in a week, as opposed to God being sovereign, we are definitely not coming back more for this in the Christian worldview. Critical race theory and into thick finale of simply and lit cuckoo to to be used as tools not as a worldview, not, not a transcendent worldview above the authority of Scripture and we stand by the spring of this revolution is the Southern Baptist convention diverging from biblical orthodoxy over issues of women teaching men homosexuality and critical race theory is this a bellwether of what's coming to your church by what standard is hundred and 10 minute DVD documentary about the battle taking place. In essence, he can receive the DVD for a donation of any amount that Christian worldview to order that Christian worldview.or or call 188846 2233 or lightbox 401 Excelsior, MN 55331 David Wheaton here to tell you about my boys then story of love, loss and grace. Ben was a yellow lab and inseparable companion stage of my life when I was single and competing in the professional tennis to. I invite you to enter into the story's tapestry of relationships with Ben, my aging parents, child, friend. I would finally marry, and ultimately with God causes all things, even the hard things to work together for good. Order the book for your friend who needs to hear about God's grace in the gospel for the one who was going through a difficult trial or loss just a dog lover in your life. Signed a personalized copies are only firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling one AAA 646-2233. That's one AAA 46 2233 or my boy Ben.com got to keep going here to get to these five things a Christian should know and do regarding this coronavirus taking place right now in the first point we had talked about walking back to the Christian worldview. By the way, I'm David Wheaton Houston website is the Christian worldview.org talk about these five things with regard to this national emergency that was just declared yesterday by the present. The first one was that no one trust that God is sovereign over over this so he is in control either caused or allowed it whatever whatever it was he is a complete control of this we can trust that his plan is moving for. He's not up in heaven, wringing his hands saying I hope this turns out a certain way or I hope the president doesn't do this or not.
He knows the future, he knows what's going on is causing or allowing things he's working through this. His plan is moving forward okay so trust rest in that. But the sub point of this is that, by contrast, even in our very advanced world, we, you and me have very little control were not sovereign at all over life, you know, it is human nature to make life easier and more controllable and more convenient.
And that's a good thing you do you like to have meal stores right down the street where you can go and buy food. Of course you do you like indoor plumbing and hot showers and toilet paper and driving your own car and in all your needs and wants of your little stores all around you can is goal you need to store stuff too much in advance you Chris going get course you do.
This is a result of being made in the image of God, the God gave us intellect and he also blessed this country with the free market system where there is so much abundance.
He where we can really think were controlling lives to a very high degree. The supply chain. Their country is so is so tightly wound. Another words they can your thumbing disappears in the market. The supply chain replenishes it right away. Well, that's not this that's not the case right now you go to stores and things are being stolen sold out. They can't replace it fast enough and we all us and find out that toilet paper is hard to get them things are hard to do.
We kick a lot of her homes and things are being canceled. Everything's being shut down you in a moment.
We think we have things under control. The stock market just a week or two ago was up at record highs and there's a high flying time in this country will boom that is over.
Not enough is over for a long time. A short time.
I have no idea, and you might just think this is overblown in panic. Or maybe, but the reality of what is occurring is the reality. Another words you can say wasn't that many people with that.
What we don't need a panic welled up the promise certain people think this income in power think this is a very serious threat.
And so therefore the new reality is that is the new reality, no matter what is overblown or not we are in this new reality now. Life has contracted at this point we don't know how long this is going to take it might be just a couple weeks.
You might might gas. Just a guess. This is probably going to be a couple months. I would say before they they believe that that bell curve. A few more people getting the viruses going to start to to to drop Remi in the downside of it. So it's not can it be probably a couple days. I think it's going to be longer then that this is really a very very very small taste of what it's going to be like during the tribulation.
Read Revelation with the pestilences and difficulty in buying or selling a worldwide impact been reading Revelation recently and there's a risk very very strong and deadly pestilences in and in judgments of God that you see in Revelation.
This is just a little snapshot of that so the conclusion here is on this first point of no one trust that God is sovereign and we are not is you may be prepped for this what's going on right now you may have bought extra food you may have some money stashed away some cashed and stashed away may have some meds and so forth are to get to the through a few months. But all that does is buy you more time but which is important despise you more time. The next person, but the reality is we should get under the authority of what James said in James 14. He says come now, you who say today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city and spent a year there and engage in business to make a profit. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say if the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that, in this passage is and is talking about getting involved in business. It's about the attitude of hay. Things are going well. Things are always going to go like this, as it has been in America and we have all the things the needs that we want, and all our wants met. This is not the case. Our life is a vapor and this should be a reminder that God is sovereign and we are not. He is the one who determines this life and your life. And so our only response to that should be to bow the knee to repent and believe in his gospel how we can get right with him, which is putting your trust in Christ work for you on the cross, confessing your sin, knowing that Christ is the only substitutionary sacrifice for your sin becoming a born-again Christian and then trusting him in his sovereignty in a situation like that. That's the first point, I think the Christians need to know in due with regard to this coronavirus.
The second point is a little more mundane but I think it's an important point nonetheless is to prepare yourself.
Prepare your family prepare your love.
Once you planning ahead for this or any other emergency is just the wise thing to do because again we don't know what that passage that we don't know what a day is gonna bring like I mentioned I was in Los Angeles that last week there was, I was at this conference with 30 504,000 men from all over the world and flying in airplanes and and we of course the coronavirus was the was we were aware of it was in the news we made a decision. I wasn't in a go with that. Well, it doesn't seem like it's really been a huge impact that we decide to go was a great conference will do a Shona coming up some of the recap of it, but he only got there, there is there's very little you could tell that there was any change of life.
Your people were wearing mask everywhere people at the conference were shaking hands that people everywhere was normal.
You could maybe tell .0001% things that changed about this virus but not much. But now a week later.
Not even a week later, everything has changed. And so living in the moment. Assuming life will always be the same going forward is not a wise thing to do. So we need to be prepared. I think somewhat to medicate the blow of changes which we don't see coming in life. This idea that nothing is ever going to change.
This is the way the world thinks, says in second Peter chapter 3 know this first of all, that in the last days and then when were living in the last days. It's it it's an error of time to destroy the last 10 days but were living in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their loss. Here's what they say where is the promise of his coming forever.
Since the fathers the Old Testament fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from beginning of creation.
For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens were created, there existed long ago when the earth was formed out of water and by water through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water, but by his present word. God's word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire For the day of judgment and the destruction of ungodly men. In other words, Christians believe in catastrophic is him not uniform at Harry and his him and what what is the difference of those big words unbelievers believe in uniform at Taryn's and that everything is always been the same. There's been no major catastrophes that change anything and so that's what they believe in billions and billions of years. There was a little amoeba that appeared somehow out of nowhere and just over time, uniform time, things you know grew and evolved in micro-macro evolution and and everything's been the same that I would.
The Bible teaches. The Bible teaches there is a catastrophe. At the very beginning of time with just the for the floodway. Back at the end that's not the very beginning, but shortly after the beginning. There's a flood that God destroyed the earth that completely mate remade this world that change or geology.
It changed everything. There is a future catastrophe coming as well. When the during the tribulation period and the return of Christ, so in light of that, we should know that as believers and we should prepare ourselves just as Joseph did when he knew the famine in Egypt was coming. He was leader and ruler over all of Egypt. He did some things to prepare the country for this famine. Seven-year famine. He stored grain. He did all these things and it really saved the people of Egypt and we should do the same and nothing we should hoard. Don't take more than you need or or that your ever be able to use but you should consider having a couple months of food and supplies on hand, not just for this particular coronavirus, but for any time a disruption occurs within another 9/11 type thing happened with say there is some sort of weapon the lost at this country in our life can be disrupted that this should tell us that very quickly can be disrupted. So I think Christians should know that we live in a catastrophic world with things like this can happen that weave a duty to care for our families and our loved ones and other people. Other believers are the people who are in need and in that's how God designed us ultimately to not have to be just totally dependent on government and adult bees sitting around not preparing at all for the future earning bad that can happen. Beginning in an alignment of relying on the government to take care of you if you don't end up needing what you prep with you. Go share with others throughout the second point is is prepare yourself and your family and loved ones.
In some ways amassing you to live in a bunker years with the food and so forth. But you might just want to have a couple months worth of supplies so you're not waiting in lines or you're not. You're able to get some of your basic needs that you know we've seen some of the social media videos of people meal lines wrapping around corners at Costco and so forth with people trying to get something at the last second. In other words, our lives are not totally predictable.
We don't live in a uniform world .3 medicinal very quickly. I believe this country need to disassociate itself from China. This is something that many people have said and I've said this before in this program.
The idea with trading with this country who has the probably the most wicked leadership may be apart from you, Iran or North Korea. Or maybe near Russia and so forth, and that by trading with them. Capitalism will change them to become more like that us a house that worked out. As I worked out at all. Worldview is the bottom line. These are brutal communists who will lie and kill and rewrite history to advance their cause will talk more about this particular point of this last regular day here in the Christian will.
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We don't live in a uniform world. Things can change very quickly. The third point is to disassociate from China and other the reason that we are so integrated with chines because of cheaper labor castle so we can get our products cheaper in this country there invested there so much US companies because labor is just more inexpensive and and I never understand why the Democrats are so outraged about the minimum wage price here and working conditions before, but not don't seem to be very outraged at all about the fact that US companies are basically producing everything that's an exaggeration but all many things over in China because that's not the only difference you just paying them. Bless people less money over there and there under this communist dictatorship over there were enriching their country were allowing them to hold our debt were giving them opportune to steal our military secrets or giving them a leverage to inflict pain on us because were so tight we need them right. I saw a report this week that there was some official over there says that there they're knocking to send us medications that they're producing that we need in this country. This needs to end and I I it should, but I don't think it will, and we need the manufacturing jobs here. This is the biblical principle of nationalism. By the way, that the God divided the nations, the Tower of Babel.
He wants a nationalized world rather than a global world and this is the problem we are facing right now is were so tied into China who is an enemy of ours and yet were so tight with them from skews me tied in with them from a economic standpoint .4 we need to know and do regarding coronavirus be. This is a practical one.
Just be wise in your health and your contact with others. For the first foreseeable future. Here teach yourself if you don't know or teach your kids wash your hands, don't touch your face, don't shake hands. You don't need to shake hands. You only be a bro I don't care I'm I'm not don't don't don't be like that, why that's how this virus is passed. Just give someone a fist bump or just say hello. Take your shoes off outside your house here's one thing I personally been doing a been trying to get a lot more rest is I get sick susceptible to getting sick when I get run down my immune system is down seven trying to go to bed earlier. I try to take a nap once in a while just to make sure that I'm not getting run down to get more susceptible to getting sick, you may want take some immune booster supplements like zinc or vitamin C or things like that people have home remedies and so forth but is anything to keep your immune system up in your your environment clean and of course if you feel sick at all under the weather. Stay home, respect other people you don't. Don't try to slough it off. You don't want that that's that's not treating your neighbor if you want to be treated biblical principle, so be sure you do that, I think you should make your own decision about whether to go to churches is been a big issue that's come up in that. Like I mentioned earlier was out in Los Angeles, Grace Community Church, California. Dave they've disallowed in California now all gatherings over 250 people. So churches are are shutting her having to shut down and so I think there are. There is some Christians are to say this is the government in the other trying to stop the spread of the gospel, and so forth. I don't think that is what this is about, at least at this point the Pacific Justice Institute and bread.
Bread day because they they represent Christians in situations of civil liberties wrote a note yesterday of time to read the whole time today. Basically he was just saying that you know. If you choose to disobey this order from the government. Now there probably is not a lot of legal standing for you to be held up in courts are unprecedented just don't know they're not recommending that they are recommending. I have five good to summarize his note here that better probably distal.
The services are not, by the way, shutting down there. They're doing your services online can still watch church you just want people to gather together so I don't take this as a directive from the government to not preach the gospel. That's a directive that must be disobeyed.
According to Scripture. This is a health directive from the government that I think at least for the short term should be obeyed until it's clear that it's being used for other purposes, to stop the spread of the gospel and believers from getting together is more we can say about that. But we don't have enough time here in the program today.
The fifth thing is unfortunately got all five is we need to use this time. I think as believers to sober up to to get our priorities in line with God's priorities to to grow yourself to help others to take opportunities to impact others with the truth and with the gospel for so many verses in Scripture on this. This idea of soberness and I think that's gets a bad rap in the evangelical church today all your disdain on the unit having found in the Christian life is about happiness and joy and so forth with the idea of sober is not sad. It just it just means that it means focused on prioritizing the main things as the main things means we we live our lives sober another were centered around who God is and what he wants for us centered around sanctification growing in Christ likeness doing our duties as Christians are responsibilities of discipleship and evangelism with our families and with others. We come in contact with. That's what it means to be soberness says it all over Scripture. Therefore in first Peter preparing your minds for action. Being sober minded set your hope fully on the grace deliberately brought to you with the revelation of Jesus Christ first softens 56 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober older men. Titus two are to be sober minded, dignified, and self-controlled sound in faith and love and steadfastness. Steadfast as this is not about being sad but rather focused on the main things. It's very easy in our society to get so focused on our little lives.
Our personal peace and affluence our needs and our wants are entertainment our amusements are recreation our evenings are drinking's. The temporal over the eternal.
Let this crisis of court coronavirus be a realization that life is not uniform. We are not here just to fulfill our own needs each year to to know God closer to be related to be relationship closely with him to be ambassadors to this world that can mean different things for different people during this crisis. If you're a younger person and maybe you don't have family not taking care of older people. Maybe you want to be on the front lines of helping people who who have this virus.
Now if you're an older person or via family and so forth. That may not be what your responsibility is now, maybe more, to care for your family and those in your church or something like asking a look different, but ultimately a deeper sobriety focusing on the priorities of being a believer that is really what I think believer should do in the midst of this crisis so some positive outcomes year by the way.
From this there there there can be the result of this coronavirus can be the church and Christians can sober up to our duties and in our great commission calling rather than being distracted by so much of the shallowness and emotion that can so easily distract us and take over alive. This can help us to be better prepared for far more serious crises in the future maybe unbelievers out there for listening take to realize that life is increased. You're in control you need to get right with God and trust him because he is in control, that really I think is the key things to keep in mind if you misting the program today can always go to the website Christian world you.org to hear any parts you missed the center for our weekly newsletter.
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