There are 2628 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States. There are 50 deaths because of the pandemic. There are 332,865,306 in the United States. That means that .001% of the population has died due to Coronavirus. For this reason, schools have closed. Restaurants are losing money. Stocks are falling. Flights are empty and church services have been canceled.
This year, 180,000 people have been hospitalized and 10,000 have died because of influenza. That is 3% of the population.
Why is this happening?
Do you want the answer? Here it is in one word. MEDIA.
Let's look back.
In 2003 SARS was going to end the population.
In 2005 it was the Bird flu.
The swine flu hit us in 2009.
The Zika Virus was in the forefront in 2016.
It hasn't been all diseases. Remember Y2K? The computers were not going to roll over to 2000. The banking system was going to basically implode. Supermarkets would not be able to sell groceries. Our lives were going to be severely hampered for a few months.
Oh my, how we listen to those 'in the know'. We fail to look at reality. When reported, all of these things were suppose to happen in the near future. Did any of them happen? NO! Yet the next time a scare was reported, the people fell for it again.
This week I watched a video clip from Dave Ramsey. He said, "The degree of your anxiety is directly related to how much you watch the news. Turn off the news and open your Bible." What wonderful advice. Someone told me that they watch the local news every night so they know what is going on. I replied, "It's the same as yesterday, only worse."
Isaiah knew who to believe. In Isaiah 19:11 he said, "The officials of Tanis are fools; the wisest of Pharaoh's counselors give stupid advice." He knew to sit in the counsel of godly men. Psalm 1:1 says "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, not stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful." Psalm 81:13 says, "Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways."
When speaking of God's counsel, Job said, "With Him are wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His." Job 12:13
Job's friends gave him advice for seven days. Job knew it wasn't good advice. He answered them by saying, "Who is this darkening counsel with words lacking knowledge?" Job 38:2.
That is a good description of the media today. They lack knowledge and wisdom. Several doctors have been interviewed on TV and all have said, there is no reason to panic. I'm with Dave Ramsey. Turn off the news and pick up your Bible.