Masks: to wear or not to wear?

Wear a mask! Don’t wear a mask! COVID-19 is a virus; no, it’s a bacteria!

Between the CDC, WHO, OSHA and the word on the street, COVID-19 is the scariest contagion that has come down the pike–ever.  Is it really? Even above SARS, H1N1, and the Spanish flu of 1918?  Enough to stop an economy even? Does an election season in the U.S. have anything to do with the new cultural enemy?

There have been a lot of poignant statements and interesting perspectives recently conveyed about COVID-19, including the  concern regarding the safety and efficacy of masks. Studies on the efficacy vary from clinical trial to outside the laboratory, and much more information is needed to come to any considerable consensus. But one thing has been brought to light.  Now, even mask WEARING has been recognized as having a down side. Breathing in one’s own CO2 is not healthy. While many wish to convince or even convict one to wear a mask, some are unable to; namely, asthmatics, the overweight, and those with breathing issues. The top American organization for occupational safety and hazard (OSHA) cites the following about masks:

• N95 masks: are designed for CONTAMINATED environments. That means when you exhale through N95, the design is that you are exhaling into contamination. The exhale from N95 masks are vented to breathe straight out without filtration. They don’t filter the air on the way out. They don’t need to. Conclusion: if you’re in Target and the guy with Covid has an N95 mask, his Covid breath is unfiltered, being exhaled into Target because it was designed for already contaminated environments, it’s not filtering your air on the way out.

• Surgical Masks: These masks were designed and approved for STERILE environments. The amount of particles and contaminants in the outside and indoor environments are CLOGGING these masks very, VERY quickly. The moisture from your breath combined with the clogged mask will render it useless. IF you come in contact with Covid and your mask traps it, YOU become a walking virus dispenser. Every time you put your mask on, you are breathing the germs from EVERYWHERE you went. They need changing often. The surgical mask is not designed for the outside world and will not filter the virus upon inhaling through it. It’s filtration works on the EXHALE. Like a vacuum bag, it only works one way, but likely stops after 20 minutes, rendering it useless outside of a STERILE ENVIRONMENT.

• CLOTH masks do not filter anything. You mean the American flag one my grandma made? Yes. The one with the flowers that looks so cute? Yes. The old scarf,  cut up t-shirt, the bandana. None offer FILTERING whatsoever. As you exhale, you are ridding your lungs of contaminants and carbon dioxide. Cloth masks trap this carbon dioxide the best. It actually risks your health, rather than protecting it. The moisture caught in these masks can become mildew ridden over night. Dry coughing, enhanced allergies, sore throat are all symptoms of a micro-mold in your mask.Cloth masks are WORSE than none. It’s equivalent to using a chain link fence to stop mosquitoes..

In  researching each mask’s designed use and purpose, there is little if any info on their use in the way of “viral defense.” Some say masks are being used to provide false comfort and push forward a specific agenda. Others believe it’s a measure of social control and is just the beginning test case for a future exercise in tyranny on a bigger scale. Some also say that if masks were important in saving lives, then we should wear them constantly all the time lest someone gets sick by our not doing so.  Where does it end?

Whether you believe masks are for the SICK who have a contagion or not, or you just can’t breathe in one, or if you just don’t buy into the hype or any other reasoning, if so, let each person be subject to one’s own conscience through God’s conviction. For the saved by grace, there should be no fear one way or the other. Are not the number of hairs on our heads known? Likewise, the days of our lives. Will our lives be spared or not spared by the Coronavirus mask or non-mask wearng? Living in fear negates one’s faith. Trusting in the Lord for one’s days is where we should be focused.

There’s a lot of false and inconsistent information circulating, all perpetuated by the media, and to buy into everything is not always prudent, especially if the information changes from day to day.

 

Father of fathers

What an awesome responsibility it is to bear the title of father. Being a father is more than just having children. The job requires time, patience, discipline, and sacrifice. Above all, love.

It’s a tremendous undertaking to rear a child. The task can be daunting, especially when a man does it in his own strength. Many times, a father will fail. We need to pray for them to seek their Father in heaven for the strength, wisdom, and courage to fulfill their earthly role.

There is no official instruction guide for fatherhood, though the instruction book for life—the Bible—has everything one needs to accomplish the job. And what better example to follow than that of our heavenly Father who, by his grace, has given us more than we deserve. That is, not to spoil us, but to show us the riches of His glory.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord ~ Ephesians 6:4

Men, young and old, whether a father or surrogate dad, have been given a generous task and privilege. With the Lord as the role model and his word as the guide, they have all that’s needed to achieve the responsibility of being a great father.

Social justice or God’s justice?

I hate bigotry and racism, yet for all America has been through in the past 250-plus years, it seems the country will never be able to cleanse itself completely from the stain of slavery. It’s as though we’re still wearing the cloak of its memory like a flag made of permanent press fabric.

While slavery is no longer a business practice in America–and what a bad one it was–for all of its egregiousness, some do not understand that it didn’t always involve white men as slave holders. Both black and white were owners of slaves as well as slaves themselves. While this arrangement is no longer, it also appears that some would have white people to be perpetually guilty over it.

African Americans suffer from the lack of access to avenues of wealth building some would say. Perhaps if the politicians who run the inner cities would have the integrity to not allow their soft bigotry of low expectations to prevail, maybe the underclass would stop their self-fulfilling prophecies of thinking they’re not smart enough even to scratch themselves without the help of government handouts and welfare checks.

Though inner cities have become haven of systemic racism, how is it that not all poor people are defined by it? How is it that people of every race, color, gender and creed are not all bound by racism? Does one’s choices have anything to do with our life’s direction?

In every generation there are grievances and struggles. It’s not a black vs. white thing. Jews, Irish, Italian, Polish, just about every nationality has been shunned and vilified. There will always be something to protest. But to think that anyone can change the heart of another man to become less racist or less bigoted is futile. Only God can change a foolish heart.

The founding documents of America plainly state that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS; AMONG THEM ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Why do some people allow others to have power over them if we’re all equal?

For all of the foibles of the original framers, who, like all of us, were fallible, their idea of happiness had a larger meaning than to be giddy and carefree. Happiness maintained a sense of morality and as the Bible states, blessed (happy is the translation in the original Greek text) is the man who seeks after God. Ergo, this is where one finds true happiness. They had it right.
What does God require of us but to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.. Until there is civil justice for the least of humanity–the unborn–the cries for civil rights sound like noise. If the voiceless creations of God in the womb–two cells equals life–cannot be heard, who of us can demand any other civility for our own lives? Aren’t we all created equally?

Whom do you exalt?

Do we light a candle to put it in the closet or hide it under the bed? No, we put it high and lifted up on a candlestick so the light may shine.

The word of God tells us to let our light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Oh, magnify the Lord with Me, and let us exalt His name together ~ Psalm 34:3

The psalmist, David, entreated the people to exalt the Lord together. In a trial while dealing with King Achish, David underwent a struggle for his life. Although, he made a weak defense of feigning insanity to escape from him, David was certain that the Lord was the cause for his deliverance.

Singing to the Lord, praying, praising, thanking, teaching, preaching, witnessing for Christ daily in our walks are all ways to magnify the Lord. Lifting up his name is the least we can do for the loving savior whose light lives within us. Why keep it under a bushel?

Looting of Souls in America

What’s happening this weekend on city streets in America has little or nothing to do with the death of a black man.  George Floyd was murdered in cold blood as we all saw through the horrific video. Soon people began to protest and spontaneous eruptions from disenchanted folks erupted all across the nation.  What may have started out in one city as a peaceful protest against police brutality, soon erupted into a chaotic frenzy in several cities. The protests, however, had little or nothing to do with George.

These demonstrations are always more than what they appear to be. History bears out the ginned up fanaticism that escalates well beyond the boundaries of mere picket protesting. Time and time again they’ve been hijacked by insidious agitators who are paid to come out every few years when a tragedy like the egregious death of a black man at the hands of a white cop happens. It makes the news because it feeds the narrative of racism. It fans the flames as the escalation of burning, looting, and pillaging plays out.

These looters don’t give a damn about George Floyd. This is a mass indictment of the poor, who are being exploited into thinking this is their “right” to “social justice” by lawlessness and pillaging. No, this is social injustice.

This evil unrest is always churning and chomping at the bit to ensnare weak and restless souls, the lost who have no foundation and no hope. and will continue to perpetuate until people see the value of their lives does not rest upon the approval of man but of their Creator. The only thing holding them down is themselves.