1. Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste
Britain’s most famous statesman has a quote that we have all heard over this last year and a half, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And to the surprise of no one, modern governments have heeded Churchill’s advice with frightening attention to detail; they have executed precisely what he commanded. Around the world, global leaders have captured the opportunity to bathe in power neatly folded in their hands by Covid.
Of course, irony abounds because not only are government’s not letting this crisis go to waste, they are the ones who have fabricated the crisis to begin with. Though we do not mean to say that people are not dying from Covid, if we listen to the news, we’d think that 95% of the world is on fire and that the scythe of COVID-19 is mowing people down.
In reality, from the beginning of the pandemic until this point, 219 million people have been infected with Covid.
That’s 2.8% of the world’s population over a period of almost two years.
A quick google search will display the data. And the mortality rate calculated as a fraction of the population?
Now we are not saying that those lives don’t matter; of course they do. But we do have contention with the news’ misinformation and lies that this is the most serious threat to afflict the Earth in the past millennia.
2. False Aid
It is one thing for a government to capitalize on a natural disaster to secure more power for their sceptre, which is corrupt enough. It’s quite another thing to engineer the crisis and then mark yourself as the one to vanquish the terror in exchange for more power (as our governments have done)
But there is another quote that complements Churchill’s “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s by Augustine, and he says,
“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”
We know of many families in Alberta who are very tired. They are exhausted from fighting an invasive government, and are worn down and beaten into the dust. Some of them are abandoned by their families; others are betrayed by former friends; we have our backs against the wall facing imposing rulers who do not deserve to call themselves leaders of a free nation anymore. What should we do?
Government’s may try to brand themselves the saviours of nations, but they’re not. They have at first harmed us; are we going to turn to them for help? Men and women have conjured ruin in the province and country; will we return to them for aid? Apathetic Members of Parliament and Legislature have stood idle as families forfeit their way of life to uphold their morality; should we expect remedy from the halls of bureaucracy?
Not at all! None of these institutions, or people composing the institutions, can ever say or have legitimately said, “Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28-30).
But there is one Divine-Man who uttered such a phrase. One being who dared to proclaim such a truth: Jesus Christ! The iron burden of joblessness, financial insecurity, family problems, sin, and death itself, are too heavy for any mortal to bear. But Christ already shouldered this weight for us at the cross. And to validate his claims, after dying for the sins of the world, he conquered death and was raised from it clothed in glory and power, never to die again (2 Timothy 1:10).
As such, should we be burdened with any of the trials that the warfare of life demands, if we are overwhelmed by the storm of the battle we engage in right now, let him turn to Jesus Christ, not government leaders. Let we who are worried, burdened, tired, and scared, seek the Sovereign God who makes nations tremble (Pslams 99:1), upholds the poor of the people (Psalms 72:2), judges dictators (Malachi 4:3), and resurrects the dead who have believed in Him to eternal life (John 6:35-40).
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