|The president of the United States of America is our watchman. We expect him/her to be the first to sound the national alarm when there is danger.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:” Ezek. 3:17
As we approach the fourth quarter of the year 2020 the moral of the country has fallen to a level not seen for over two generations. In the first three months of the year we witnessed, what came to be known as, covid-19 or, coronavirus. A deadly virus that would eventually get the attention of the whole world.
By mid-January word of this virus had already breached the White House. The President received word of this deadly intruder in his daily briefing. Unfortunately, this was an election year, and to this President, all things were political.
Danger! Should have rang out across the country like the sound of a five-alarm fire. But instead we were comfortable in our homes recuperating from long Christmas family get togethers and, the New Year’s parties, oblivious to the danger lurking in our country.
The President and his men were huddled in the west wing coming up with a strategy to keep everything on the down low. After all, he couldn’t have anything in the media that could hurt his re-election chances.
In the Bible, God commissioned Ezekiel to be a watchman for the nation of Israel. He was appointed to guard the nation, keep watch over them and, to alert them of any danger that threatened so that they could take action to save their lives.
Covid-19 has completely ravaged our nation. We are like a rudderless ship in a storm. Scientists and experts project that by the end of the year we will have lost an estimated quarter of a million lives to this virus. What was once unthinkable is upon us.
If there was any nation on earth that should have been prepared and able to meet and deal with this pandemic the United States of America should have been the one. We are the richest, have the best medical universities the world over and, we have the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We set the global standard that every other country looks to for guidance and support.
Is it fair to say our leaders have failed us? Well, recent reports have been revealed that our president openly admitted playing the dangers of the virus down. He knew as early as March that it affected children just as badly as adults. Despite there being no national plan, he encouraged large and small businesses, as well as churches to reopen. He discouraged the use of masks and belittled anyone who did wear them. He even threatened to withhold federal funds from states that refused to go along with him. He held in-door rallies where people didn’t wear masks or social distanced. In the wake of reckless governance tens of thousands of innocent people lost their lives.
Our president, commander in chief, leader of the free world was supposed to be helping us. But instead he was helping the virus.
Nathaniel Stalling Jr.