Here is my Sunday sermon since so many folks are at home (or should be).

Hey, y’all. Don’t be dumb.

“The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but delights in accurate weights. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:1-2

COVID-19 is not a conspiracy by China/Democrats/whoever.

This is nature.

COVID ain’t even near the baddest thing nature has to unleash. This is a test from which we should learn and adjust; a test that exposes our plethora of weaknesses.

A fatal test reminding us that life is greater than commerce.

God has given us brains so we can read, listen, learn, and not be foolhardy. If we believe, truly believe, that whether or not someone is a Christian they are a creation of God and endowed with inalienable abilities and talents, then why are some of us “using” our brains to discredit experts in these areas where we have limited understanding? Why are we ignoring obvious truths? And why are we posting dishonest, fearful, and illogical statements on social media about large swaths of people?

Just as each person is a creation of God and an example of God’s beauty, we are also corrupt in our nature. Sin is in all of us, and it requires a routine of asking for grace, listening more than talking, and rebuking prideful temptations in order to reduce the productivity of our sinfulness.

To be clear, this is an unending process. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and imperfectly-amazing creations of complexity. We must grow, or be left behind.

If a global conspiracy on the scale of COVID-19 were possible, it would require massive coordination including a collaboration of superior, genius-level intellects. So, if that were the case, why not just rig an election instead? Wouldn’t that be so much easier?

Hate, fear, and sin are guiding you if these conspiracy theories are your modus operandi.

To believe anything other than COVID-19 being an example of the power of nature represents a failure to respect the global system which God has created—this is pride.

These are also examples of pride, and ignorance, taken from Twitter:

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We should respect our Earthly limitations. We should respect nature. We should respect sound logic and the sacredness of life.

Just a few weeks ago, pride told the US we were fine. Pride told us people are getting better just by going to work and that we will be at zero soon. Pride refused to stop shaking hands by saying, “I am in the business of shaking hands.”

Pride is a sin. Pride is not using your brain. Being prideful is being dumb.

Don’t be dumb.

Here are some resources to help educate ourselves:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Americans “should be prepared that they’re going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing” to fight the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Some tips for social distancing practices from Ariadne Labs, a joint health system innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Posted by Wesley Jackson Wade

Wes is a licensed and certified counselor serving clients in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and career development. He is a SAMHSA and NBCC Addictions Fellow, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, & Human Development with a concentration in Counseling & Counselor Education. #EmpathyEvangelist #ComicNerd #HipHopHead #LoverOfBoardGames. Peace. Love. Power.

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