So here we are, in 2022.
I know a lot of people are glad to be done with 2020… and 2021.
But let’s be honest, if you weren’t able to make the best of the bad situations that those years brought us, you probably won’t make the most of this year either.
I don’t even know how this might be related to this idea, but I had an interesting interaction on Facebook recently.
For better or worse, I’ve been using Facebook to rail against the health scam that’s taken the world by storm for the last 2 years.
Now, I believe that it’s a real disease. That’s not the scam.
The scam is the way our own government has used a mild illness to attempt (successfully?) to steal our freedoms. To destroy the concept of bodily autonomy. To enrich themselves and their sponsors, at the cost of our health.
Anyway, I had a Facebook “friend” comment and say that he got the illness and wound up in a coma on a ventilator, and he doesn’t know if he’ll even be able to lead worship again.
I feel terrible for him. I’m honestly not sure how I would handle that if it happened to me.
And I truly believe that his plight is real.
But that doesn’t change the fact that we were lied to about this whole situation.
Here’s part of my response to him:
Of course, none of our individual experiences (however positive, negative, or neutral) change the fact that denial of early treatment, lockdowns, masks, endless 24/7 fear porn, censorship of alternative ideas or information, and constant lies from government officials, all seemingly geared toward making a vaccine (with a horrible safety record, and apparently limited utility with regards to the disease it is purported to treat), was a scam.
And I stand by that.
In fact, later he even said that one of the things he realized was that the church had missed an opportunity in this to point people to God.
I don’t know exactly why he believes the church missed an opportunity, but I agree.
I think the church missed a huge opportunity BECAUSE SO MANY OF THEM CLOSED THEIR DOORS.
Out of fear.
Fear of disease. Fear of man.
The churches shut down and left people no place to actually go and hear about how God could possibly use this terrible situation for his glory.
And even now, churches are starting to close down again.
It makes me sick.
I think it’s pathetic.
Those churches are basically useless.
But even God can redeem them.
Back to the New Year.
Lots of us are here, hoping this year is better.
Some of us are planning how we can do better or make it better.
There’s only one way.
That’s focusing our energy on our savior and what he’s doing in the world and in our lives.
Because guess what… he never changes.
In good years and bad, he’s there.
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”