When I was a young child growing up in Pennsylvania, one of the attractions that was popular at the time was a game called Green Ghost. It was a game that was played in the dark, because it eerily glowed in the dark. Ouija boards were popular also. I received one as a present from an Aunt, which after a few experiences, mysteriously went missing. Years later a conversation with my mother solved the mystery with the disappearance, which involved the wisdom of my Dad and Mom disposing of it discretely. During that time my cousins and I searched the area for haunted houses and we did have an experience at one that left us high tailing it out of the area.
This was the 60’s, a time when superstitions were being challenged by the new intellectuals being placed in key positions throughout society to challenge the orthodoxy of belief in anything beyond what one could scientifically observe and measure. In a sense, it was a good move, because many people of that time had a belief system that believed a superstitious tale just as easily as a door to door salesman with “an honest face” and a convincing handshake. It was not very long after those times that a period of long overdue skepticism in a substantial portion of the population began taking root.
But the skepticism had unintended consequences, of which only a few seem to recognize today. For instance, an honorable women’s suffrage movement started to gain the vote for women morphed into a movement that initially was opposed to “sexist” treatment of females until those in the movement were revealed to have the same sins, and so finally morphed into the ultimate change agents goals of unfettered access to abortion services, or the right to kill a baby in the womb, an essential doctrine of the materialist, Marxist creed.
Martin Luther King’s efforts to raise the respect and status of oppressed black Americans with his “I have a Dream” speech, and “Letters to a Birmingham Jail” morphed into Marxist organizations such as the NAACP, SCLC and leaders like Al Sharpton who make it impossible for their believers to ever realize the dreams of a society built on respect and good will if they ingest the poison of their hate inspired Marxism.
The supposed sexual repression of our ancestors was blatantly propagandized through the efforts of Hugh Hefner and others who promised a new age of sexual freedom, only to effectively damage the expected commitment of men to women through marriage. The so called sexual freedom touted by the 60’s gurus morphed into a lethal weapon against anyone who tastes the poison of “sexual freedom”. Just as Edmund in “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” came to find out that Turkish delight was a trap for his appetites, so have many found that accusations can now be made against them for their sexual indulgences that will destroy them just as well as a Supreme Court nominee. And now, a media that has sold its soul to the Marxist creed that views sex as a primal appetite versus the gift of God it was intended to be eradicates any voices in its high places who do not bow to the false god of this new socialist order. Theirs is the role of the “secret police” brought on to prey on the work of Hugh Hefner and his ilks. Even to this day with the firing of Trish Reagan, the pogrom continues to ensure the potency of this media weapon against men or women who would exercise moral leadership against an order that is the definition of evil and human oppression with its roots in “sexual freedom”.
So what should we believe of the Wuhan virus, aptly named due to its origins, which even now has leftist howling memes of racism over the term that in their view should be called by its medical term COVID-19? I detect a non-sequitur in the use of the term. “Abortion”, a colloquial feel good term serves no one but the ignorant, frightened or callous woman who makes this moral choice, including the void of conscience “doctor” who administers the act. “Abortion” as a term should be replaced by “homicide” based on the logic of the media cabal’s angst over Wuhan. At least the term “Wuhan” transmits to everyone a piece of useful, factual information.
I have friends on all sides of this issue, and news articles from any news source one cares to hear that present the polar opposites of “the sky is falling” and “the emperor is wearing no clothes”. Some do not see the serious chasm that exists in our nation today on this issue, as well as many others. It takes me back to my youth days where I wanted to believe that fun and adventure were vested in uncovering the mysteries of haunted houses and playing games in the dark. I didn’t understand that the polar opposites at that time were the ideas held by my cousins and those of my parents. At the time I chose to believe from the basis of my emotions that playing with the occult was just another way to have fun, and my parents just didn’t understand what I believed to be true. I clearly was wrong then, and I only have myself to blame. I have learned that my emotions can lead me to believe something that rational thought will not support, and no rational argument can sway. And I have learned that rational thought, unhinged from a morality that is transcendent to my own can lead to just as erroneous and steadfast of a conclusion, if not more dangerous.
What does that leave? Belief. But belief that involves both emotions and rational thought, that incorporates all our faculties; belief in something or someone that transcends my ability to imagine a perfect world. John Lennon was just as slick as the door to door salesman selling inferior products to start his propaganda song with imagining away the very basis of finding that perfect world we all desire. Nice package, terrible product. I’m reminded of something about a millstone in regards to the outcome of the matter.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NET)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NET).
So whether I read an article stating that a healthy 17 year old French girl receiving the best medical care available living south of Paris caught the virus and died within 72 hours, or whether I read that epidemiologist Neil Ferguson who was behind the highly cited Corona virus model drastically downgrades his projections; whether I listen to the recent White House press release with leaders working diligently to balance health care concerns with freedom and economic impacts or choose to wallow in the latest fears of the media “elite” of global economic and civil catastrophe, I choose to believe that we will come through this time in history because of God’s love with opportunities to love, serve and recognize the beauty that God created for us to enjoy and preserve.