By Arnie Suntag
As the death toll rises and the number of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially, many are wondering whether the unprecedented measures implemented by governments around the world will be effective in bringing the pandemic to an end. The big question for them is, how do we stop this thing?
Speaking strictly from the epidemiological standpoint, the pandemic never had to happen. If everyone had worn a mask right from the outset, community spread could have been brought to a close in a matter of a few short weeks. While masks and other PPEs are obviously not protective against particles as small as viruses, they do shield against the virus-laden droplets created by the coughs and sneezes of others around us. They also prevent those who carry the virus, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, from easily transmitting it to others. If everyone wore a mask in public, the virus would not have a readily available host to infect, so it would gradually diminish and eventually no longer be ubiquitous. After a period of time, it would be inactivated on environmental surfaces contaminated with it, thus making these surfaces safe to touch. So, instead of the elaborate and restrictive mandates such as quarantines now being imposed in many locales, the enforcement of wearing masks in public would have been a far less intrusive and more palatable solution. It would have engendered far less of an impact on personal freedom and would have avoided the dire economic consequences we are now facing. Seems simple, doesn’t it? Except for one thing: there were no masks. In fact, we still do not have them. Is this merely an accident? Hardly.
As many are now painfully aware, the majority of our medical equipment and supplies are manufactured in China. This raises a very profound question: why would our own government have permitted manufacturing vital to our national interests to be doled out to a country that is anything but friendly to the United States? Nobody with any degree of intelligence could possibly have been so short-sighted as to overlook the potential for major disease outbreaks or other phenomena that would require the use of such equipment. This is not merely about politics. More likely, it is rooted in eugenics or other more ominous agendas, like subjugating the masses, that are no longer merely fodder for conspiracy theorists. After all, China’s Communist Party has been practicing population control through draconian measures and outright murder for decades. They also rule the Chinese people with an iron fist.
So, can this indeed be the reality – that despite the altruistic cover stories about protecting the population from COVID-19, the actual agenda is more akin to unraveling our Constitution and the eventual installation of a totalitarian regime? After all, it would be just a little too convenient for some in leadership roles to assume a self-aggrandizing position, despite the inherent implications. As Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Is this then the epitome of what is happening behind the scenes? It would be no real surprise in a society that has come to accept subterfuge and dishonesty as a standard, while at the same time promoting political correctness. It is the hallmark of a civilization that has become corrupt by turning its back on the principles that founded it. And therein lies the problem – and the solution.
There is an answer to halting the COVID-19 pandemic and you will not find it in any of the emotional diatribes or intellectual dissertations that have flooded social media and mainstream news outlets. You will not find it in science or in so-called American ingenuity. You will not find it in our government. In short, you will not find it in any of the institutions that most have come to rely upon as their leading authoritative sources. Yet, I can assure you that there is an answer, and it is one that most have either forgotten or chosen to ignore.
While there will be those who summarily dismiss what I am about to say as the ramblings of a myopic religious fanatic, I would dare say that the facts will ultimately support my assertions. We are headed for a cataclysmic conclusion in this world, and this is only the beginning. It is a wakeup call for those who choose to accept it. Why has the pandemic reached the crescendo that it has? The answer is simple. We have turned our backs on God. We have reduced God to a mere two-dimensional, intellectual concept. Through our own ideas and rationalizations, we have recreated God in our own image. We have reformulated God into a benevolent cohort for our wayward ventures and an all-forgiving accomplice who we expect to turn a blind eye when we trample all over the principles that those who came before us embraced for centuries. And while God once represented the Almighty authority that most sought for relief from disasters and the trials of life, he is now relegated to the backburner – someone to entreat when it is convenient and it is not in conflict with our determination to proceed contrary to His counsels.
What we have done to the Bible is even more pernicious. Most view this inspired document for which millions gave their lives in ages past as a mere relic of ancient times – an anachronism in a modern world where our reasoning and knowledge are touted to surpass the wisdom of God himself. Oddly enough, I am not referring to unbelievers. Even the millions professing to be Christian have yielded to the influences of an apostate society – accepting principles and practices that stand in dire contrast to the words of Christ himself. The Bible admonishes those who have caved in to the morés of our modern culture: “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning…for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2: 20-21). The Bible also aptly describes the conditions in the world today: “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, ,,,traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3: 2-5). Even in the language of the original King James translation, these words pack a punch that should exhort the reasonably intelligent individual to consider this admonishment through the lens of objectivity, particularly in light of the events transpiring in the world today. It cannot possibly be more applicable.
As I said, there will be those who scoff at the preceding, suggesting that I am out of step with reality and with their rendition of the truth. This is truly their prerogative. A time will come, however, that their reasoning and resultant conclusions will prove to be an aberration — one for which we will all pay a very dear price. In fact, that is already happening.
In 2 Kings 22, the Bible describes the experience of King Josiah who, when presented with “the book of the law” that had been hidden away in the temple by the apostate Israelites, collecting dust, tore his clothes as a sign of grief and astonishment when he realized how far the nation had wandered away from the principles that God had given them. Nothing better describes the condition in which we are living today. We have become so pridefully disobedient to the point of arrogancy in our society, that the words of the Bible which once transfixed many of our ancestors, barely penetrate the tough hide of rationalization we have enveloped ourselves with – much less the words that I have penned in this article. While I hope these words reach someone, I know all too well that the ultra-liberal mindset of many in the world today will sarcastically mock even the most heartfelt and earnest plea for reconciliation with God. The denial that has kept millions in darkness will endeavor to employ everything conceivable to maintain the status quo.
So, how do we end the pandemic that has usurped our attention from all else in the world and placed us in such a precarious situation, particularly with our freedoms? We repent. That’s right. We turn back to God, earnestly ask for forgiveness, and disown the practices we have so vehemently justified – practices that directly conflict with the principles the Bible prescribes. Too unwieldy? Fanatical perhaps? Then I can assure you that even if this pandemic comes to a positive conclusion out of God’s mercy for those who are faithful, it will only be the beginning. There is undoubtedly more to come.
I urge everyone reading this article to seriously consider their relationship with God and to dispense with the behaviors and practices that have gotten us all into this mess. It is time to get on our knees and plead for forgiveness, while forsaking the idols and the ideologies that have brought us to the brink. We must commit to refusing the temptation to circumvent God’s precepts and instead commit to following those principles He has so graciously endowed us with out of love for all of us as His children. Believe me, I include myself in that equation. This is an opportunity to perform a makeover on our lives. There will never be a better time to do it.
Arnie Suntag is the founder and president of Walk of Faith, an organization that conducts seminars and educational series on health and disease prevention and provides outreach services to the community.