Why do churches need PPP loans from the government? Yes, I have issues with nixing church and government. But that’s not what my question is about. It’s why do churches need these loans? Why are they short of funds? The easy answer is COVID. But is that too easy? For some, if not many or most, I believe it is too easy.
Just a quick thought
Is COVID making us more loving? Or more hating? That question came to mind yesterday. I had a half hour inside an MRI tube with nothing to do, and this is where my mind went. At first, I was thinking about the folks working so I can get my MRI to see how my cancer is doing. They risk getting sick, and even maybe dying, to take care of us. And most people would say they appreciate that.
So COVID makes us more loving, right? But does it really? If we truly loved and cared about our medical workers, first responders, and even the admin people in hospitals and care centers, then we’d act differently. We’d wear a mask in public. We’d avoid large gatherings. Why? Because those things lead to fewer people being sick. And that, in turn, leads to fewer people requiring medical care. Obviously, or at least it should be obvious, all of those things lead to fewer medical people being exposed to COVID, getting sick, and possibly dying.
But somehow, like the serpent convincing Adam and Eve they wouldn’t die, Trump continues to convince too many Christians that he’s good for us. However, I can’t help but wonder, is he telling us that if we follow him, we won’t surely die? And as I show in The Problem of Free Will, the Hebrew says “die die”. As in die physically, and die spiritually. Depart from this earth. Go to Hell.
When can we stop wearing masks in public? Judging from the news, a better question is when should we stop wearing masks in public? The answer, of course, is that it depends. I’m going to address my suggested answer to Christians. Others may want to do the same. However, I believe Christians really should take heed to what follows.
Politicians tell us to pray. It was a classic headline. At least at the beginning. Top lawmakers call for prayer. It’s not unusual. Politicians praying or telling us to pray. But then there’s the rest of the headline. Top lawmakers call for prayer, unity after Iran launches missile attack against US forces in Iraq. That begs the question – Pray to who?
Many Americans pray, as do many people around the world. But again, pray to who? Maybe especially in this case, it’s a huge question.
Does God want to punish us? The answer is really simple. No – God does not want to punish us. It’s been a long time since I felt that way, but I do still remember feeling like He does indeed wait for a reason to do it. Actually, that’s really messed up – because the one waiting to try to get God to punish us is Satan. You know – the devil.