All around the western world, the established way of living is threatened with collapse.
Such a collapse would not be directly caused by this virus which kills many mostly elderly people. (As we know the virus now.)
Social collapse is threatening us because of the human reaction of fear to that virus.
Human fear of death, especially agonizing death.
Unable to breathe. Like Jesus on the cross.
This understandable human fear has lead people en masse to act as if, by stopping working, they can stop the virus.
They cant. Not based on what we know now.
Viruses are part of life. We live with them. And sometimes die from them.
If people cannot accept a level of death which creates herd immunity, then the only method available to current human health care to stop a virus like this is an effective vaccine widely available. That usually takes years.
What would Jesus do?
I dont know.
What did Jesus do when faced with the prospect of death?
He accepted it.
At The Last Supper, no attempt was made by twelve people to detain Judas and prevent the betrayal which Jesus knew was coming. Jesus accepted his fate. He told Judas to do what Judas was meant to do.
Jesus carried his own Cross in agony with failing strength for as long as he could. He accepted his fate.
He accepted death.
How many people now show the courage and integrity of Republican Dan Patrick in Texas?
As a 62 year old man for whom contracting Corona-virus would mean a 3% risk of death, based on what we know now, I say this:
I want to work.
I want more people to return to work.
I fear that the western way of life cannot afford or survive months and months of so many people not working.
Governments cant afford the economic support people want under a harsh regime of so-called “social distancing”. (It is not social. It is anti-social.)
Economic collapse of The West means collapse of societies based, historically, on the values Jesus died for.
That is too big a risk to take.
Too high a price to pay.
Death is a part of our God-given life.
True passion for life demands that people learn from the passion of death.
It wasn’t easy for Jesus and it wont be easy for us.
Sometimes choosing life means choosing death.
Geoff Fox, Good Friday, 2020
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