Time and time again, in response to all the government overreach and mandates related to the coronavirus panic, I have heard people say, “Well, I like what my governor is doing. He (or she) is keeping me safe.”
To that I ask, “Keeping you safe from what? A virus that 99% of the people under the age of 70 who contract it recover from? A virus that 95% of the people over the age of 70 who contract it recover from? Your definition of safe and my definition of safe are vastly different.”
Still others say, “Well, the mandates my governor has made are working because people aren’t dying.”
To that I ask, “How do you know you wouldn’t have the same result without the mandates?”
As a matter of fact, prior to the mandates, guess what? Coronavirus was a virus that 99% of the people under the age of 70 who contract it recovered from. Coronavirus was a virus that 95% of the people over the age of 70 who contract it recovered from. Look at the before and after data and think critically about that data. What we know now is based on actual data, not models (i.e. guesses).
I have been studying the actual data since the beginning of the panic. Again, I say, “Your definition of safe and my definition of safe are vastly different.”
Safety to me means that I have choices I can make to protect my God-given, unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Safety is not the government making decisions for me. Unfortunately, history repeatedly proves that no government has been able to keep people completely safe. True safety comes from resting in the hands of a sovereign God and knowing that what happens in my life, both good and bad, ultimately serves His purpose and brings Him glory. Safety is not the absence of a threat but the ability to effectively deal with one.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
There is a greater threat looming on the horizon. Today, my friends, you are more in danger of losing your freedoms than you are of dying from the coronavirus.