Coronavirus and Fear


No one is now unaware of the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). It has personally reminded me of the early 1990s with the HIV virus outbreak (which can lead to AIDS). There was a lot of fear, anxiety, and hysteria. The average person didn’t know what we were dealing with and how to protect oneself. Could it be passed through kissing or by sitting on a toilet that had been used by someone with the virus. But I think the response to the most recent Coronavirus outbreak is even more heightened as we live within the digital and social media worlds of today. There is a lot of info at our fingertips, which includes a lot of info from amateurs or worse. The Lord knows we need wisdom in this time.

In an effort to help people in this period, I have seen some Christians and pastors posting about fear. They are encouraging people not to fear. Not so much a chiding of others, though some perhaps. Yet the reminder I am seeing is that fear should not be a part of the Christian life. Or, even more, that fear is the opposite of faith.

As I read in one recent post, it carried an evocative message, coupled with multiple Bible verses about not fearing. And while I think there was some good food for thought, I still believe it was missing something. It had me pondering some things that I have learned about fear over the past few years. And, so, here are a few thoughts to consider about the gift of fear.

That’s right, I said the gift of fear. Continue reading

Church Clarity: How the Religious Right and Liberal Left Practice the Same Tactics

Church Clarity

Last week a new organization launched their online platform: Church Clarity (

What is this organization?

At its core, Church Clarity wants to see churches become clear on where they stand with issues regarding the LGBTQ community. Particularly, are these churches affirming or non-affirming? Their website states: Continue reading

The Prophetic Voice of America in 2017

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I’m on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. It’s part of today’s world. I don’t want it to rule my life, but I’m interested in engaging within these platforms of the 21st century.

Right across all of them – well, maybe not Google+ since it never became what Google hoped – there is constant political commentary. Actually, at times, it’s more like tirades. The right won’t stop until they’ve shamed the left; the left won’t stop until the President is impeached and dethroned.

I’ve said this not a few times, but it’s all about a political, power-hungry game.

That’s really what it is. People maneuvering for power. There is an insatiable desire to win.

It’s not centered in what is good “for the people.” Both sides are completely selfish, manipulative, coercive, and more. And it’s tiring. Continue reading