This is sad news. Here in Italy, the Catholic church received permission to re-open. We Protestants however, are still waiting for "Grande Fratello" to allow us back in our church buildings. This is just my humble opinion. The lockdown will be made into a loaded gun. Which in turn, will be pointed at the church.
Let me say that even this is caused in part by Big Brother. If there is one country that has taken a beating due to the Covid-19 crisis, it is Italy. Still though, in this one thing, the government got it right in designating all agriculture and food plants, essential. Here, I can gratefully say that the supermarkets, other than gloves and masks, haven't lacked anything. There is something though that has been on my mind lately. I find it interesting that when the lockdown started more than two months ago, not one supermarket employee has come down with the virus and in turn, infecting the entire supermarket... Hmm
This is also why there just might be a second wave of covid-19 this fall. But not because we really do have a pandemic. Simply because of insuffient antibodies. I have neighbors who probably have had only 30 minutes of sunshine and fresh air since March. I really fear for these people this fall and winter.
"80% of Americans supported sheltering guidelines, and the same percentage said it can continue to stay home for at least another month." Here in Italy, the lockdown ends this weekend. And this is a good thing. Those of us who have been temporarily laid off since March 5, are still waiting for that first welfare check.
I will keep to myself my opinion on the why, what, when and how this virus originated. Here in Italy, besides the high mortality rate among the elderly, the economic consequences are devastating. Finger pointing will serve no purpose because the damage has already been done. Still, I do have some questions. What right does the U. S. government have in taking tax payer money to partially fund a medical laboratory in China? What right does the U. S. government have in taking tax payer money and fund the WHO? Also, how is it possible that one can become Dir. Gen. of the WHO without possessing a degree in medicine?
Why were there no drastic measures taken last year when more than 25,000 people passed away due to heart disease? Why were there no lockdowns last year when more than 20,000 people died of cancer? Were any businesses forced to shutdown? Were there masses of people who lost their jobs?
I agree that we need to repent of our sins and return to Jesus Christ. However, the phrase I am that I am, belongs to God, and God alone. There are many new age advocates which use this phrase in a blasphemous way.
Dear Jim, your actually worried about U.S. Politicians not regarding the Constitution? They have been doing that for years! Oh, by the way, the lockdown? It's a violation of the Constitution. When the founding fathers wrote the Constitution they did not put in a clause saying that in times of "crisis", the constitution becomes void. And by the way, they wrote in a time of "crisis". The war for independence.
The Italian government mandated shutdown includes all our churches. This just gives us one more reason to pray without ceasing. Still, it is also an occasion of praise and Thanksgiving. When God, in His mercy, began to reveal Jesus to me. A godly pastor, as well as helping me follow a Bible reading plan, introduced me to good reformed and puritan books. I am also grateful for the sermons I can listen to on SA. Com.
President Trump finds himself in this predicament because he has failed to maintain his campaign promises of bringing home the troops and draining the swamp. Speaking of the swamp. In the days of George Washington, working behind the President's back, and contradicting statements that the President made, were considered acts of insubordination and treason. Today, all the President can do is take out all his frustrations on Twitter.