My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, 03/26/2020

Strange heading, huh?  Maybe it caught your attention?  Perhaps you will read this strange way of seeing what I see.  Who thought up the term, “Social Distancing”?  What is it, 6 feet?  A friend of ours says he is making it 60.  That’s good.  Hopefully it is more than safe.  But, what about cheaters?  Do you know what I’m talking about?  It’s that individual that pops a piece of gum in his mouth while throwing its wrapper on the street.  That person believes he is exempt from all littering laws.  Why?  “Because it’s a stupid law.”

An older couple didn’t consider themselves to be in that category until that virus went into high gear, jumped an ocean, and started spreading itself across our nation in a couple of weeks.   One week no one in this state was affected.  Then, the news media announced that an under 40 individual died from the virus.  That death got our attention!  It was our “wake-up call.”  Let’s get back to that “older couple.”  They let grandchildren or great-grandchildren run errands for them while they stayed in the safety of their home.  Old friends also stayed away.  It was the safe thing to do.  Folks became very diligent about protecting themselves from anyone who might be carrying the virus.  Well, almost everyone!

The next-door neighbor, friends, and church members might be off limits, but not family!  It won’t hurt if the granddaughter receives a visit from Aunt Corrine and her daughter.   They will make it a short visit.  Aunt Corrine and daughter are healthier than a horse.  They are not coughing, running a fever, bothered with shortness of breath or suffering from aches and pains.  So, no problem with them making that visit. The granddaughter and baby?  Grandchildren and great grandchildren are exempt from the virus.  Everyone knows that.  The visit was kept short, the baby was prettier than everyone else’s baby, and no one had to worry about that pesky virus.  Everything was A-OK!

However, two days before that, Aunt Corrine had her hair fixed.  Her third husband’s second cousin did the fixing at her home because the beauty parlor was closed due to the virus.  No one did anything on purpose.  In fact, no one was knowledgeable about the way it happened.    They both had a wonderful visit with mom and baby.  The only problem, the third husband’s second cousin’s brother’s son’s girlfriend was infected, but no one knew.  The husband’s second cousin’s brother’s son was too busy enjoying those delightful kisses to think “virus.”  Must I say more?  The girlfriend shared more with the brother’s son than just kisses.  He wasn’t stingy, so without knowing it, he shared the virus with the husband’s second cousin’s brother, who was his father.  That sharing took place right on up the line.  Aunt Corrine got her share.  Aunt Corrine visited with the new mom and baby!  All innocently shared it and passed it on.  Not one family member thought they had the virus or were sharing it with others.  Ignorance can be blissful until it is no longer ignorant.  Everyone infected suffered a different degree of the fallout.  Aunt Corrine and the baby’s mom didn’t make it.

In some ways, that is how sin makes its rounds.  “Oh, I know it’s wrong, but everyone else is doing it.”  “Oh, the Bible is always making pleasurable things sinful.  Maybe for folks back then, but we’re more up-to-date now.”  “The Bible was written by a bunch of men and they treated women like slaves.  Who in his right mind would put much worth in what those men wrote?”  “It’s OK for me to go out with these friends, I know they wouldn’t try to influence me to do anything wrong.”  “The Bible?  That’s so out of date that no one in his right mind would pay much attention to it today.”

Truth spoken two thousand years ago is still truth.  Truth transcends customs, traditions, opinions, and man-made laws.  Satan still deceives people today.  The forbidden fruit in Eve’s day continues to grow and looks good to each generation (Matthew 13:22; Romans 6:12).

Jesus warned his disciples, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41).

One of those disciples also admonished, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  (1 Peter 5:8).

Stay safe!  Physically and spiritually.