Summary: As the world has come to an unprecedented way of living, we find ourselves dealing with uncertainty, unsure of what we should do. We ae faced with structural weaknesses that have made us all more vulnerable than we ever thought we could be.
THE QUESTION IS - WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? – THE ANSWER IS - STAND STILL
Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer Jr.
OPENING: - As the world has come to an unprecedented way of living, we find ourselves dealing with uncertainty, unsure of what we should do. As the coronavirus pandemic surges into every corner of life, it now is undeniable that our economical, governmental, political, and health systems are flawed. We ae faced with structural weaknesses that have made us all more vulnerable than we ever thought we could be. Hospitals closing in the middle of a pandemic. Personal protective equipment is nearly impossible to get. Toilet paper really doesn’t grow on trees. Meat processing facilities forcing workers to work despite hundreds of employees being sick with the coronavirus. Stay-at-home orders have been ordered in every state in the country to prevent the coronavirus from spreading through social contact. Public health officials have warned that social distancing measures can help flatten the curve of infections and limit the number of cases of the potentially fatal COVID-19, yet there are those that are protesting calling it a violation of their natural human rights while Health care workers stand firm in silent protest trying to protect lives and the right to live. Beaches in parts of Florida open during the outbreak and tempers flare because people aren’t practicing social distancing on the beach. Some leaders have said specifically that fitness centers, bowling alleys, tattoo shops, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses can reopen as early as this week, while theaters and restaurants will be allowed to open after the weekend, however; bars and night clubs will remain closed for now despite that the same model predicts that dozens of people will die each day in the coming week if that is allowed to happen. People are worried that the economy has suffered long enough, and it needs a resurgence immediately for us to survive. It is obvious that the market will not save us. Less obvious is whether the governmental system is competent or trusted enough to take extraordinary measures to save lives, livelihoods, and economies without worrying about egotistical perspectives or self-gratification. The question everyone is asking is What are we going to do? – the answer is Stand still!!!!.
SCRIPTURES:- Exodus 14:13-14 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace”.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth”.
BACKGROUND: - Our scripture in Exodus the 10 plagues have happened ending with the death of the 1st born of the Egyptians and passing over the Israelites who were covered by the blood of the lamb. Moses and the Children of Israel had left Egypt headed toward the promise land. They hadn’t made it there yet, however; they couldn’t go back to Egypt. They were faced with a seemingly impossible future the Red Sea in front of them and a deadly enemy pursuing them. The people began to complain looking at what they were facing and what was coming after them wondering what are we going to do – when in the midst of uncertainty, confusion, and fear God said Stand Still.
TEXT: - The nation and the entire world is now in that place of what are we going to do? There hasn’t been a cure yet for the coronavirus and we can’t go back to life the way it was before Covid-19. We are faced with the dilemma of are we going to open the country or keep it closed for a while longer? Medical experts say it is vital to keep the country closed and that people maintain the stay at home in order to continue to fight against the Coronavirus, yet there is a lot of propaganda from others saying it is a conspiracy designed to destroy political strategies. The death tolls are still rising dramatically day by day and new and puzzling developments are happening that has the medical profession literally scratching their heads. A seemingly healthy woman who died suddenly and it was believed she had a heart attack has been proven to be the first fatal victim of coronavirus as the medical profession confused. Then a remark is made that sunlight and disinfected can cure the virus which in all reality would cause poisoning. In a time where social distancing has become the new catch phrase and families are getting closer than they have been in a long time the country and world is yet becoming more and more divided racially, economically, politically, socially, and medically.