From the Pastor's Desk
I have been accused of not taking the Chinese Virus seriously enough.
Well, did you see Dr. Fauci (Mr. Mask) after he threw the first pitch at a Baseball game? Mask on when 80 feet from
anyone (and on camera), BUT when sitting between two people in the stands, his mask was down on his chin. Of course
he had an excuse - he was rehydrating, even though his water bottle was in his lap. Do as I say, not as I do. That kind
of thing is partly why I try to approach a number of life’s trials with a lighter and humorous attitude that masks (pun
intended) my concern. You get bombarded from every direction, all day long, by people trying to scare the crap out of
you. You need to give yourself a break in the seriousness. It is not healthy to live in constant anxiety.
Jesus used humor to address serious issues. Have a personality that sees bad only in other people
and not in yourself? Do you remember when Jesus said you need to remove the log from your own eye before you try to
remove the speck from your brother’s eye? Did he think people would take that literally? Do you know anyone
who has had a log in their eye? Did Jesus’s humor detract from his point? Be safe, be healthy.
We are still in conversation with the church that wants to share our building. Just like so many other things in
our lives right now, it is progressing at slower-than-a-snail’s-pace. They are in no real hurry to relocate because
their worship is limited now.
Can you believe the year is 7/12 over? It is probably more honest to say,
"I haven’t done a thing" this year more than most years.
Keep the people in your prayers who
still cannot go back to work because of government decree.
PREVIOUS NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
just another word for nothin' left to lose
Nothin' don't mean nothin', hon', if it ain't free, no, no
These words come from the song "Me and Bobby McGee" sung by Janis Joplin in 1969.
I was in high
school when that song was released. A lot has changed since then. Much of our society has flipped upside down.
Back in those days, the young people on a college campus were protesting that everybody had a right to be heard.
Today, the young people on a college campus will protest - to the point of violence - that people they disagree with should
not be allowed to speak. That’s an excellent way to never improve yourself -- never listen to different ideas
Have you gone nuts yet? Isolation is not a good idea for normal human beings. Even
with adults, we need social contacts beyond social media. For young people who are still developing it is even more
important. The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a call to reopen schools this fall.
"The nation's pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the
classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance 'strongly
advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically
present in school.'"
"The guidance says 'Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development
"The AAP cites 'mounting evidence' that transmission of the coronavirus by young
children is uncommon, partly because they are less likely to contract it in the first place.
'On the other hand,
the AAP argues that based on the nation's experience this spring, remote learning is likely to result in severe learning loss
and increased social isolation.' Social isolation, in turn, can breed serious social, emotional, and health issues:
'child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation.' Furthermore, these
impacts will be visited more severely on Black and brown children, as well as low-income children and those with learning
"The guidelines do note that adult school staff are more at risk compared to young
children and need to be able to distance from other adults as much as possible — no in-person faculty meetings, no class
visits by parents. And they emphasize the need to make accommodations for students who are medically fragile or have
special health care needs or disabilities."
Of course, social media went nuts.
We think we
know how many people have died from Covid-19 even though the CDC seems to want to pad the numbers. But what about deaths
caused by isolation and the economic shut-down? According to "thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/499394-the-covid-19-shutdown-will-cost-americans-millions-of-years-of-life"
Because of lock-in and economic shut-down, (this was a month ago, May 25):
"These unintended consequences
of missed health care amount to more than 500,000 lost years of life per month, not including all the other known skipped
care. If we only consider unemployment-related fatalities from the economic shutdown, that would total at least an additional
7,200 lives per month. Assuming these deaths occur proportionally across the ages of current U.S. mortality data, and
equally among men and women, this amounts to more than 200,000 lost years of life for each month of the economic shutdown.
… Considering only the losses of life from missed health care and unemployment due solely to the lockdown policy,
we conservatively estimate that the national lockdown is responsible for at least 700,000 lost years of life every month,
or about 1.5 million so far …"
[This is not the number of deaths - it is the number of early deaths
multiplied by the number of years death came early.] This estimation/speculation is based on people being afraid to
go to the doctor or hospital, or were unable to go because the facilities had been shut down, in addition to the added stress
of being unemployed. If anywhere near true, this is scary.
We are not intended to be isolated from each
other, or from God. A healthy faith-life can be very important to our physical health. We need community worship
to be healthy.
God and Christ used to be important in a majority of people’s lives, and so was church worship.
I seldom trust statistics from unfamiliar sources, but I remember reading that fewer than 5% of Europeans and 25% of Americans
regularly worship. Is it any wonder that young (and older) people have become so selfish and self-centered? The
influence of the world leads to self. Religion has been counter to that (not just Christianity).