Fill in the blank. I have a right to go to the beach, to get a haircut, to attend church … Well, I have a right to be sick of hearing about what you have a right to! Yes, we all have rights and suddenly everyone seems to be an expert on yelling about their first amendment rights. It’s true, and in a nutshell the first amendment does indeed guarantee freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government. Like Matthew 5:45 who wrote “The rain falls on the just and the unjust” … the first amendment falls on the intelligent and the ignorant. Yes, you have a right to free speech but you do NOT have the right to yell fire in a theater. You have the right to free speech, but you do not have the right to incite hatred and violence (racism, discrimination, etc). They are called “hate crimes” not “free speech” crimes. Freedom of speech does not mean you can say any old thing that comes into your head, and once upon a time, people knew the difference.
This nation has been permeated with this toxic “me first” mentality. If the fish rots from the head down, then this nation has gone petulant from the president down. He espouses true rights with false logic, and on the subject of religion, obviously knows not of what he speaks. Another Matthew quote (18:20) “When two are three are gathered together in My name, I am there…”. Church may technically be building, but spiritually, church is anywhere and everywhere. I have felt closer to God, alone, kayaking, with only the sounds of the water and the birds. Church can allow us to worship as a physical, tangible group … but restriction from being inside the physical structure does not prevent us from being with God and with modern technology, we can worship virtually.
Opening churches has become political. Wearing a mask has become political. Why? It seems that in the advent of the “make me great again” mentality, it’s all about MY rights. Keeping me from working, from going to the beach, from hitting the bar is somehow infringing on those rights. Being unable to work is truly causing suffering for a great many people, and there doesn’t seem to be any way around it. It’s not fair and we, as a nation, as a government need to do all we can to help those affected. Slowly some business are working out plans to use the social distancing guidelines to be able to reopen. But, let me emphasis this … if you are sick or dead … whether or not you have a job is going to be a moot point. You may be willing to risk your own life, but do you stop to consider the lives of those around you? All those people that holler “Give me liberty or give me death” might just have to amend that placard to say “Give me liberty and give me death” and I really hope they don’t get their wish. For all those people who claim this whole pandemic is some kind of liberal media hoax … visit 96,000 graves. Talk to 96,000 families. Tell the doctors and nurses it’s a hoax. Go on, I dare you. But know this, as much as you yell and scream about the health care system being part of some conspiracy theory … those same doctors and nurses will take care of you if you were to become ill. Think about that for a minute.
It’s this simple. Wearing a mask is protecting other people. Social distancing is protecting other people. Since when did looking out for other people become political? Since when did denying yourself in protect others become political? I don’t know, but I have a strong feeling it started on a Tuesday back in November, 2016.