Stay In Your Lane
“I am seriously reading about Costcos running out of bottled water and toilet paper because people are getting ready to be locked in their homes forever because of COVID-19. I must admit, not even Ebola caused this level of panic. SARS, norovirus, bird flu, you name it, every few years it’s the next thing, but now with social media, the panic becomes easier and easier to get rolling. So during election coverage tonight they had a brief report on the virus, and a doctor mentioned six deaths in a single location. But then he mentioned…it was an old age care facility and everyone already had numerous other medical issues. Except people are not hearing that part, or, they don’t want to. I do not know which.
Folks, this is a flu bug. It is not even a particularly nasty one. It seems to spread quickly and easily, but if you are not already compromised, it’s just the flu. If you are not really old, you don’t have cancer, etc., there is at least a 98% survival rate: pretty much the same realm as…the flu, which has killed tens of thousands in the US alone over the past four months or so. If you want to panic, panic over that. But good grief, if you find yourself sitting amongst piles of bottled water and toilet paper come May when this is just a fading memory*, don’t blame the rest of us!
*Every new strain has the possibility of mutating and getting really nasty. Though we did not have the same record keeping abilities a hundred years ago, it seems that the “Spanish flu” (misnomer) that killed many millions (yes, with an ‘m’ millions) in 1918 started with an initial wave that was not overly bad, and then a few weeks later came back and ravaged everyone. But that is true of any new strain.”
This is the first time I became aware that a theological degree also equipped one with expertise in epidemiology and infectious disease.
I should have known this as pastors have readily assumed expertise in counseling, psychology, psychiatry, and political science that they are somehow qualified for in their narcissistic minds.
My friends, my training and study has been in theology and pastoral ministry.
My hobby (some would say obsession) is immigration and border issues.
I can offer you an informed opinion on these matters, but my primary place in both areas is to lead you to resources to inform yourself.
I have no medical training at all, neither does White.
Most of the issues we are dealing with socially and culturally are complex and require time to study and reliance on people who have devoted their lives to a particular science.
My gift to my congregation is to stay in my lane and perhaps help people find qualified resources to make good decisions for themselves.
I become a curse to them when I make dogmatic statements that could affect their health and well being.
I’m listening to the medical professionals and doing prudent things to care for myself and my cats.
I have no interest in the opinion of a theologian on a possible pandemic.
I’m staying in my lane.
Go and do like wise…