The concept of death being acceptable was much different 100 years ago than it is today. Soldiers in the AEF were firing and facing chemical weapons. Annual epidemics of deadly disease were common here at home. The so-called Spanish 'flu was just another epidemic.
It was also before the concept of "guns and butter" in which war didn't mean a reduction in quality of life thru shared sacrifice. That ended during the LBJ Administration when we were at war in Vietnam while fighting the war on poverty.
Perhaps we see life as less expendable today in some ways, as much as it seems we don't value life as much.
Having health insurance does not equal adequate health care.
The situation is concerning. Everyone ought to be concerned about passing the virus one to another. If we were only so concerned about passing along our sin:
Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, the inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry. For the which thingsâ€™ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. Wherein ye also walked once, when ye lived in them. But now put ye away even all these things, wrath, anger, maliciousness, cursed speaking, filthy speaking, out of your mouth. Lie not one to another: seeing that ye have put off the old man with his works, - Colossians 3:5-9
To return to a major point of the article, dear brethren, I didn't read it. But the Lord's efforts are never wasted. We know several people in various parts of the US who have taken to raising chickens mainly for the eggs. While many Americans seem allergic to getting their hands dirty, the keeping of livestock for food was an acceptable and expected practice in the OT days for those seeking a Biblical warrant. What is gained is a self propelled insect eater and more healthy food source for the family. My wife has a theory that many of our modern health issues are really God's judgment on us as a society for wanting everything grown for us instead of growing it ourselves. Not so sure myself, but she does have a point.
Indeed, NeedHim. I recall walking in Berkley with my family and a visitor in our home more than ten years ago and finding a very robust Gospel ministry proclaiming the way of salvation from a street corner. They even brought portable amplification.
Amen, NeedHim. Usually, there are plenty of wolves roaming those streets. Now it's down to coyotes. That will be welcomed there until some homeless person is attacked by a pack of them, and dogs and cats start to disappear as well.
Their city might as well be the dwelling place of jackels, although it never was any Jerusalem. Still, the Lord has His people there, and may they shine brightly, reflecting His glory, in that terribly darkened place.
Interesting. And one wonders why the President has no good thing to say about the NYT.
I've heard a bit of statements from political leaders about people of Asian ethnicity being blamed for the coronavirus and for spreading it. But somehow it's OK for the NYT to blame white Christians? I don't know how that works, except that white people and Christians are the acceptable groups to abuse. Critical Theory at its worst...
But the Lord told us Christians of every ethnicity that we would get it better that He got it. Revelation 7 gives us their group snapshot.
Perhaps, Brother John, that kind of conversion is what they are afraid of?
It more lies meant to whip up Progressive anger...damaging fragile indigenous peoples, stealing children, forcing conversion...but without a bit of evidence. Meanwhile, the Lord is quietly calling to Himself a people from these people. And no angery mob can stop the Lord, even with atomic weapons.
Thank you, Citizen, for proclaiming the way of salvation to Jim. Many of us have & many of us pray for his salvation regularly.
Amen to your encouragement to pray. As the situation grows grim here in the US as it already has in Europe, may each of us with our families cling to the Lord. May He be our refuge and strong tower. May this prestilence pass over our houses and our bodies. But if not, let us trust Him anyway.
I didn't read the article, but it seems like missions is in real need of prayer. The Lord is over this crisis and owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He can provide in ways that are amazing to us. We need to ask that He do so.
Sorry, Brothers, looking for my annointed hanky to arrive by mail order. ;-)
The nonsense on the news regarding who is doing more is a picture of the underlying foolishness that exists in the hearts of those in charge, who are just as fallen as everyone else. Heard a comment earlier today from the President that healthcare delivery will not be the same with telemedicine introduced to many in the midst of the crisis. I wonder what else?
One good thing is that the march of the Progressive agenda has at least publically been silenced but what is happening in the background? Democrats in office stepped up attacks on the President & federal govt response today as a result of recent polls showing more Americans are happy with the federal response than not.
Unfortunately, Brother John, it doesn't look like that will happen.
This is just one of many cancellations or postponements. I would expect some could be held virtually, but there would be a question of fairness to all sides because it is easier to limit voices when those voices must travel via the Internet or phone then get distributed via a server.
Broadcasting a service is only one piece. What about interaction within the community of Christians? Must we rely on FB, which has proven unreliable for full Christian expression? John UK has a very valid point. It no longer matters whether your church is 50 or 500 or less than 10 right now if you follow the President's 15-day guidelines.
I completely agree with the comments below regarding this church in question. But there is a bit of concern about what the nation & world will be like in the virus' aftermath. Our government got a good taste of much tighter control, for instance. As seen post-9/11, some of those security apparatus ideas continued despite no real value to antiterrorism, like that NSA's program. What restrictions will we face in the future?
Pray for our political leadership, that they make the best decisons but also that they know when to dial it all back.
Sorry for the confusion, Brother. These are my thoughts on the OT sacrificial system as they relate to the newer reality of Christ & His sacrifice. They are influenced by a sermon series I heard and don't remember well years ago. I could be completely wrong about this...let me say that up front.
3 & 2c first. The burning altar stood btwn the place where Israel congregated & the most holy place. The sacrifices and their smoke provide a screen for their sinfulness which Jesus completed.
2 a. I'm probably very wrong here in my last. The smoke going up was more likely a picture of the prayers of the the Lord's people going up before Him as seen in Revelation. The blood itself is the sacrifice that was completed by Christ.