Good Morning Pioneer Baptist
I’m starting to worry a little bit about the situation.
One death is a tragedy, humanly speaking. If a family loses a loved one in a military skirmish, to that family it might as well have been a world war. If a family loses a loved one to the coronavirus, then as far as that family is concerned, they are the epicenter of the disease. Those are real fears, real facts, and are never to be in any way minimized. We definitely have a lot more “to fear than fear itself.” We rightly fear the effects of war, disease, and car accidents on our families. Such individual tragedies change our lives within the scope of the short years of our passage here on earth. In terms of forever, however, Jesus has eliminated those fears (Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” As always, Jesus brings good stuff – and I say that with reverence!
So why am I starting to worry?
I’m worried about economics. I know America and Americans are resilient, won’t quit, and will find a way to succeed. That’s normal Americans. But our political leaders, many of them, are not normal Americans. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing exactly what
Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.) verbalized when he told caucus members last week that “the bill” (the phase-three coronavirus relief package) was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” No, Mr. Whip, the phase-three coronavirus relief package is a sincere attempt to help out the working man and the working woman in our country. It’s not an opportunity for you and your ilk to bring in your pet projects. That worries me! How about helping the people who elected you, and who you are supposed to be serving?
Punctuating my worry are the decisions these empowered bureaucrats are making on a daily basis. Here’s one “for instance.” In state after state, governors and public health officials are deeming cannabis businesses “essential” operations that can stay open amid coronavirus-related forced closures and stay-at-home mandates. (Great.) Contrast this with your 2nd amendment right to purchase and own a firearm! In Los Angeles County, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday that gun shops are not essential businesses and ordered deputies to make sure they were closed during the coronavirus crisis. He further stated that “The stay-at-home order is not a license for everyone to be panic gun-buying or rushing to stores, which is now what we’re seeing.”
Is it possible that I should be able to go to the store when I wish, and (if my knees were better) I did want to “rush to the store” rather than slowly stroll in, that this would be nobody’s business but mine (as long as I didn’t run over someone in the process)? So the potheads can get what they want, but a man who would like to own a firearm (forgive me for repeating, it’s a constitutional right) is out of line, violating the law, and “arrest-able.” (Folks legitimately needing medical marijuana could get a prescription. Why isn’t marijuana sold through the drug stores?)
They’re doing just what Whip Clyburn said was their “opportunity” - restructuring America to fit their globalist, socialistic vision. With our great President installing constitutional judges across the land, these restructurists may find it more difficult to legislate from the bench, but now they’ve found another in an ever-evolving long line of new approaches. “Legislating from the crisis” we could call it. It’s a not-so-well-kept-secret that we need to be aware of, which is why I’m whispering it in your ears this morning. And thank you, Rahm Emanuel for giving us such a clear statement on you and your cohorts’ philosophy: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
I’m more partial to the statement made by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) who said “Do you know what the American people are thinking right now? They're thinking that the brain is an amazing organ. It starts working in a mother's womb, and it doesn't stop working until you get elected to Congress. Do You know what the American people are thinking right now, Mr. President? They're thinking that this country was founded by geniuses but is being run by a bunch of idiots.”
This much is essential: “there is an element of truth in any good joke!”
Love & prayers to all