Combating COVID Confusion
Confusion is everywhere. It is getting to where most information doesn't make sense and it is conflicted. Then there are the politicians. Both parties are attempting to create their version of the optics they want you to believe exists. Agendas are everywhere. So you have all of these numbers, statistics, things that don't make sense, conflicting stories, etc. while everyone tries to fulfill an agenda. Meanwhile, there is an ever-growing sense of fear in the unknown caused by the confusion.
To cap it all off, the media is all over the place, creating sensationalism every chance they can because that is how they get eyeballs and traffic.
Winston Churchill once famously said back during WW2, "don't waste a good crisis." Yes, that about sums it up.
There is confusion over unemployment. How could the rate drop? How can we add over 2 million jobs? I have read all types of analysis and come across conflicting numbers that would make your head spin. It all depends on what numbers you conveniently include and exclude. There is one number that is pure and really cannot be manipulated, and it is disturbing week after week. We know how many people, for the most part, have filed for unemployment benefits each week. They report it every week. Steadily week after week, it is still averaging 1.3 to 1.5 million people filing for benefits.
If you are filing for unemployment benefits, you have recently been fired, furloughed, or laid-off. Those numbers, I believe, have surpassed 50 million since all of this mess has started. Shouldn't those numbers start showing improvement? The reality is that one million-plus people are newly unemployed week after week. There is no good news with that one. That is the one indicator that is as close to reality as it gets.
Yelps' latest survey shows 53% of the restaurants that closed are now permanently shut down and have gone away. Yet, the market continues to drink the Kool-Aid as if this is not a problem...
65% of the mall's leasing space is rented to 4 major retailers who are all in bankruptcy
The market is shrugging off all kinds of news. Yet every Thursday morning, the market faces that number and is starting to pay attention. Getting Americans back to work and quickly is the key to everything.
So how do you combat confusion and its by-product fear?
When I think of these times, Romans 12:2 comes to mind.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Doesn't that sum it up?
How do you renew your mind? You have a choice. You can go along with the world and filter everything through fear. You can also renew your mind and filter everything through a filter of love/Grace/God.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6
What more assurance than that do we need?