Joel 2:1 says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand.”

America needs to sound the alarm for there is a day of reckoning fast approaching. Americans are truly in a valley of decision and the future of this country hangs in the balance.

Saturday Morning Read

Tim Buck

What to Believe

About These COVID Stats

What to believe?

The US is reporting over 1,000 COVID 19 deaths per day now, but there are reports that even accidental auto deaths are being reported as COVID 19-related to boost numbers.

A few Democratic governors are sounding alarms about reopening their states to business, but many believe they want to continue shuttering businesses to keep the economy flat-lined to sway the election against President Trump.

Scientists have been all over the map regarding how the virus spreads; some saying masks prevent it, others saying masks have no effect.

The moving target on identifying exactly how this virus is spread and how deadly it is continues to gin up conspiracy theories. But there is one thing that is common to all of it. This is a virus of fear and confusion. And Satan is the author of both!

Look at the statistics. The numbers are impossible to trust with many suggesting they could be as much as 50% too high. But for now, let’s take them as reported.

There are 3.9 million reported cases, 142,000 deaths. Reuters, who has been keeping a running tally of statistics, reports that there are 43 deaths per 100,000 people. In real terms, that’s a 0.043% chance of dying if you contract COVID 19.

While any death from it is a personal tragedy, and if you know of anyone who has died from this virus, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Notwithstanding, there needs to be some perspective as to justifying shutting down an entire nation because of this virus.

The National Safety Council puts your odds of dying in a car crash at 0.877-far greater than dying from COVID 19. There is a 14% chance of dying from heart disease, which claim 375,000 American lives per year. There is an 18.6% chance of dying before you are born due to abortion, which claims nearly 750,000 Americans a year, almost half (about 260,000) are black.

Does it seem hypocritical for Planned Parenthood, the worlds largest abortion provider, to post ads saying “Black Lives Matter” when it is systematically killing black babies by the tens of thousands? Yet, with all these statistics there is no lockdown on Planned Parenthood, and the industries associated with them are all thriving.

So in America, at this moment, you have a 99.957% chance of surviving COVID-19!

Yet, in most places throughout the country you are not allowed to go to work, have your business open, attend church or a sporting event. And they’re saying it’s so bad now that the country is going to have to really start clamping down!

Something is wrong with this picture, terribly wrong. As believers, I want to encourage you to stop operating in fear and start believing 2 Timothy 1:7,

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Pray for courage and a strong dose of spiritual strength as the ‘overcomer’ that God’s Word says you really are! And ask the Lord to anoint you with His power, love and with a sound mind to do His work in these last days.

We also need to be praying for an end to this craziness because the political games that Satan’s followers are playing are harming our country, the church and us more than the virus.