I’ve previously mentioned Coronavirus and the Leadership of the Christian Church: A Sacred Trust Broken by Ernest Springer III, Joel E. Yeager, MD, and Daniel O’Roark, DO, FACC; if you’ve finished reading your copy by now, I urge you to pass it on to your local Parson Goat.
Meanwhile, Leviathan’s orders to anti-social distance directly contradict such Biblical commands as “Greet one another with an holy kiss” (variants of which appear four times in the New Testament) and “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” And yet Faux-chi and his ilk expect us to withdraw into our cocoons for Thanksgiving and Christmas…
You needn’t be a scholar of Scripture to recall that Jesus Christ’s example also rebukes anti-social distancing. But I appreciate the way that Dr O’Roark fleshes this out, so to speak, in Chapter 4 of A Sacred Trust Broken:
…look at the actions of Jesus (as the God-Man) during His earthly life and ministry as they relate implicitly to the concept of “social distancing” when asymptomatic. The Lord Christ, as the Creator and Sovereign over every microbe in the universe, has perfect understanding of disease, pestilence, and plague. He sends and stops them and to His own glory mostly keeps them quiescent.
Prior to His resurrection, Jesus had the fully human body of natural man. He bled. He became tired and hungry. He slept. He had emotions. He had daily bodily elimination functions. He had normal bacterial flora on His skin and, like modern men, probably trillions of viruses as part of His microbiome.
Plagues in the ancient World during this time were well known and relatively frequent.
Given these considerations, we see in the sinless, earthly behavior of Jesus that He made no effort to “social distance” nor was there any teaching to encourage it or promote its need.
Large crowds followed Him (Luke 14:25), pressed in on him (Luke 5:1), touched Him (Mark 5:27, 31), and came to Him for healing (Luke 9:11) of a multitude of diseases, some of which were contagious as determined by the priests. He healed the mother-in-law of Peter from fever (Matthew 8:14). …
Interestingly, He engaged in practices that some may consider unhygienic. He washed the certainly filthy, microbial-laden feet of His disciples (John 13:4-5). He allowed His feet to be kissed, bathed by tears, and then dried by a woman’s hair (Luke 7:44-46). He even cured a man’s blindness with spit-laden mudballs (John 9:6-7). …
Our Lord, by His example, did not endorse the principle of self-protection by isolation of self or others in the name of social distancing.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to heeding Christ or “Public Health” commies, I’m going with the former.
11:51 am on October 29, 2020 Email Becky Akers