The war of information is astounding. I have written in the past about how misinformation has taken center stage during the COVID-19 pandemic and now the death of George Floyd. In both instances, there seems to be inconsistencies in how these stories are told. I have read reports that say the COVID-19 virus is not as dangerous as we have made it out to be, while others are convinced we need to be isolated until the end of the year. I have also read where George Floyd was presented as a saint coming to Minnesota to start again, while others have painted him as a man whose checkered past was not something to write home about. Social Media and the news outlets all must be tested for the truth because there is a lot of misinformation floating around about both these current events.
What is the reality of these two incidents?
1. They both resulted in stay-at-home orders from our government. Both tried to protect the general public in lieu of a virus and a riot.
2. They both are demanding our attention to the dangers of the diseases of a virus and of hatred.
3. They both reminded us of our need for a greater power to intervene in our lives, and it is not Washington D.C.
I have felt since COVID-19 became a pandemic that we are asking the wrong questions, and our emphasis is wrong because the information is incomplete. So, let me explain.
Information: facts provided or learned about something or someone.
If we get information that is incomplete, we are not getting the true picture. As a person of faith, I always discern all information I am getting through the grid of the Scriptures. I realize that the Scriptures may not give us all the fine details about an incident, but it will give us information about the why.
Let me unpack that in light of COVID-19 and George Floyd.
COVID-19: What is the information emphasis of this virus? Stay safe, distance yourself, wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home, and stay away from people. Don’t get infected and don’t infect anyone else. Fair enough? The information you will not hear is what I believe God is saying to us. The message about COVID-19 is clear from Scripture:
Luke 21 10Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”
This Verse fits our day … nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, describes the various social and racial groups we have in America today. The turmoil will be between people groups. We also see the earthquakes, famines, and pestilences today … what the Bible calls the birth pangs necessary before the Lord returns.
Relationships between people will be strained and common ground will be lost. There is no better example of this than the recent death of George Floyd.
George Floyd was a tragic death that brought national outcry against the racial injustice against the African American community by the police. Many stories have come out since George Floyd’s death describing how many African Americans are targeted or profiled by the policing community.
It is hard to make sense out of it until you dive into the Scriptures and seek God’s heart on it. What is God saying to us?
2 Timothy 3 1But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. 2For men will be lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good.
This is God’s press release about our day. He has described it perfectly.
There is evil in the land, and it knows no boundaries. This evil gets lived out through our relationships, emotions, belief systems, and it often masks itself as racism. No one likes to think of themselves as a racist, but it can be present in our government, police departments, churches, and our homes.
Yet, with COVID-19 and with the death of George Floyd, God is speaking to us. We as humans … not as races but as humans (as they say, we are in this together), have violated what God has required of us.
Deuteronomy 10 12And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. 13And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. 14Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.
God is trying to get our attention. He is speaking to us, and I wonder if we are really listening? In any crisis I have witnessed in my lifetime, God was always speaking. From 9/11 to Katrina, His still, small voice was whispering to us, “Come back to Me and seek the Kingdom of God”. In any crisis, whether it be personal or national, we have two choices to make.
1. Turn to God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.
2. Turn away from God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.
We either go toward God for mercy, forgiveness, and restoration or we go away from Him. God gives us our freedom to choose. One way is to life, the other is to death … the war of information will lead you to follow one of those two paths.
This is the kind of information that you only will hear from people who know the Lord and are concerned about where you spend eternity. Choose wisely what information to follow.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler