Updated: May 14
by Jon Reeverts
I can see it coming. I bet you can too. At this point, it’s inevitable.
You can’t go outside, to the store, drive down the street, watch any TV advertisement without it solidifying the next divide. It’s the distance and the mask.
So, I’ll just say it up front. The next big thing will be CPD. I’ll call it [COVID Psychological Disorder] - that debilitating fear that incapacitates us so much that I’m just sure the American Psychological Association will add it to the books. It will be characterized by anxiety and panic attacks, of people with masks - “Are they masked because they have it?” or of people unmasked - “What if they have it and are asymptomatic?” In other words - “Trust No One Disorder.”
These days, governors refuse to let their citizens get back to work, unless all the measures are in place that make us question if the person working next to us is the next Typhoid Mary.
Since the Federal Government refuses to bail out New York CIty, and Governor Cuomo refuses to let people inhabit the streets of NYC, can you see the day when everyone in the city will be diagnosed with this new disorder, claim disability and never consider to return to work or normal life - that would be a bail out of a large urban population through an established government program complete with a note from a medical professional.
Will that be the new normal?
Senator Mitch McConnell disagrees with me, he says the next wave is not virus oriented or psychologically oriented, he said it this way, “If we do nothing, there will be an onslaught, a tidal wave of lawsuits going after every small business in America for opening up and risking COVID-19,” he said. “That’s not an acceptable course of action.”
Afterall, with 17 deaths over six months in the state of Hawaii, how can we ever feel safe? At this writing the 191 deaths in New Mexico should petrify us. It’s just unnerving that Arkansas even considers returning to normal after the 88 people have passed away. And the 1791 deaths in the state with the highest average age, Florida, has been vilified for putting the remaining 22 million people in harm’s way as they return to the beaches. Never mind that Florida did not close all roads and highways in 2018 after there were 2,915 fatal motor vehicle crashes. Check this site to see the estimates of lives terminated before birth so far in 2020 - more than 15 million worldwide.
Hmmm. I guess,... that’s another topic? Worldometer
Every life is sacred, and none of us can prevent our days being numbered.
If there is anything that hits me in scripture it is this - FEAR NOT! Do I believe people were afraid of dying in Jesus’ day? Yes. Roman brutality - daily! Disease? Uh huh! Famine - Plagues, War? Start by reading Genesis. Jesus said, “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Let not your heart be troubled… John 14:1
Come to me all who are weary… Matthew 11:28
Blessed are those who mourn… Matthew 5:4
Fear not, for I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20
The point is not that we live in a world without trouble. The point is that we have a Savior who promises to walk us through our anxiety, panic, concerns, worries, and even depression.
There will always be those who “cry wolf” or that “the sky is falling”, but our faith says, then I’ll rest in God’s promise that He is all that we need.
I get the attitude of “The New Normal” and even really love reassessing the madness to which we have been slaves. Letting in only those good things that create a better way to live - In Christ is my recommendation - is worth weighing.
What’s not worth it is reorganizing and reshaping society around fear, disability and distance.
If I only believed I was a body - then I'm only trying to survive… My life is measured by longevity, satisfaction and my physical rights.
But, if I believe I have a soul and body - then, I'm trying to survive AND create MY mental health bubble. Of course, then all of the world’s horror-story headlines should determine my next move, keep you scary people at further than arm’s length and lead me to get in line to be diagnosed with CPD when it all closes in on me.
HOWEVER, my Bible tells me I’m a Spirit, that has a soul and lives in an earthsuit. I see myself in union with a powerful God. He tells me through His Son, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. ... "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
I can’t tell you how to return to joining the everyday battle - it was there before - it will not change when you walk out your front door tomorrow, next week or next year, no matter what little safeguards the world says it has created: vaccines, sheilds, throwaway clothing … whatever.
In this world you will have trouble - no one is promised a long life; no one is promised a safe retirement; no one is promised their health; no one is promised an accident-free life. Living can be painful - but living with CPD would be hopeless!
Jesus promises to give us abundant life - guess who comes to steal, kill and destroy?