The time this week has gone by so fast, I hardly realized that it’s been four days since my last post. In the meantime, I’ve been busy at home doing repairs on the house, gardening with my wife, and listening to the government getting set to reopen the country. We’ve been waiting patiently for this day to arrive and have seen Covid-19 numbers rise and fall in my home state. However, we’ve also noticed the same numbers rising in other states.
With all the stimulus talk and the passing of many laws that prohibit social gathering, the answer to the above question will be soon made known. Up until recently, it was easy to say that the government was looking out for the best interest and health for its citizens. But with numbers still going up in many states and down in only a few states, could the citizens that the government is looking out for, be the businesses instead of the people?
It is painfully obvious that living and breathing citizens were helped at the expense of businesses during this emergency. During the crash of 2008, the opposite was true. The general public was incensed by the ginormous bonuses that top executives received from government bailout money. It was one of the causes for the “Occupy Wall Street” and “We are the 99%” movements. There is no doubt that President Trump knew of these events and was ready this time to do something different. What the rest of government found out, was that the cost of keeping independent businesses afloat during a national emergency really couldn’t be calculated. Two attempts were made and both have been shown to be woefully inadequate.
Businesses are crying to reopen. If for no other reason, just to stay in business. Without an active economy, it is impossible for businesses to stay open. So our government has to strike a balance between protecting people like you and I, and protecting businesses. In order to protect businesses, people have to defy “stay at home” orders, gather in close quarters, and generally act as though no pandemic exists. After a nearly two month closure, many businesses have exhausted their cash reserves in order to pay the bills that continued to come in during the closure. They faced the same pressures we faced during the pandemic. A lack of income combined with the moral duty to pay debts.
Maybe the government should have addressed both sides of the economic coin just as President Nixon did years ago with a wage and price freeze. If everyone was prevented by law from receiving income, maybe the bill collectors should have also been prevented for the same time period from collecting. Of course, that should also include mortgages, rents, utilities, car and truck payments, and communication payments, (like phone and internet). That would be true in a perfect world, but the reality was mostly the opposite. Everyone who was told to stay home, couldn’t make an income, (unless they had income producing assets.) Everyone who depended upon sales and commerce were deprived of their consumer base. But the regular monthly bills were still coming in and needed to be paid.
Restaurants had less business. Clothing stores were closed. Bars and banks locked their doors. Most churches stopped gathering together. Our local mall is dark and locked. But Lowe’s and Home Depot are open for business and along with Walmart and IGA, seem to be the only businesses that are prospering. Of course there are more businesses, but everyone is doing something different to stay safe. Can you see yet that no matter what the government will try to do, it is impossible to make everyone happy during a national emergency? Even when the motivation and actions are done with good intentions, there are winners and losers. Some folks will still be working in the midst of the emergency (and prospering) with the risk of infection, always present. Meanwhile, others will remain safe at home, but risking bankruptcy instead.
We are all sacrificing something. We are all affected in some way. The “winners” may be risking their lives. The “losers” are risking financial solvency. The Trump Administration is catching heat no matter what they do. Congress is still acting like the divided congress it is. The only thing that is certain, is that nobody is really happy, but everyone is trying to do their best. Let’s only hope that the laws being made today in the midst of the pandemic will end, when things get back to normal. Restrictive laws made to protect the safety of the public, will also be restrictive any other time.
While restricting personal liberties may be proper during a pandemic, they are also dangerous to personal liberty and may be unconstitutional. What can we do? The pat answer is pray. But what can we pray for or about? Let’s look at what Paul wrote to Timothy.
1 Timothy 2: 1 – 3 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”
These are the things we can be praying about and who we can be praying for. It doesn’t matter whether I agree with my government leaders or dislike them. This is what God says we can be praying for and why.
What more can I say? We are all hurting and ready for normal life to resume. We are all sacrificing something we call normal, for the greater good of everyone’s health and safety. Our government is doing the best it can, in a time of global crisis. There is no easy solution, somebody will get the short end of the stick no matter what is done. I am personally praying for your safety and health, and for your family’s safety and health even though I do not know who you are. I hope your businesses are doing well and that you will prosper both during and after this crisis. I may not know you or know your dreams and goals, but God does. We are witnessing God’s goodness in our household and know that God has us in His hands. We have NO plan “B.” Trusting God when we can’t go to work is our only plan and it hasn’t failed us we are safe and our bills are paid.
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