Comparatively speaking Covid–19 has made less of a splash than all of the media hype seems to suggest.  As of this writing, there are 169,387 cases worldwide, with 6,513 deaths reported thus far.  In the USA there are 3,774 confirmed cases and 69 deaths.  According to the CDC the annual common Flu season this year, just in the USA, will affect 36-51 million people and will cause 22-55 thousand deaths.  It is not my intention to detract from the seriousness of pandemic illnesses and the need for public precautions, but simply to point out the gross imbalance in media emphasis.  Our fixation on one illness to the exclusion of all others, has resulted in global PANIC.

  While our attention is on the subjects of morbidity and mortality, we must keep in mind that the mortality rate among humans is 100%.  Every living thing on earth will eventually die, but depending upon your perspective, maybe death is not so dreadful.  I suppose that there are those who actually believe that when a human being dies, their body turns to dirt and there is nothing left but a few memories that will fade away in two generations.  But then there are those of us who believe God.  We know that physical death is the beginning of the best part of life because,  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)”  “Jesus said…, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25).”  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus… (2 Corinthians 4:14).” 

  For those who have accepted God’s forgiveness by placing their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, life after death will be eternal bliss in the presence of God.  For those who refuse to believe what the Bible has to say about God, the consequences of sin, and the sufficiency of faith in Jesus Christ, there is good cause for PANIC.   God’s Prescription: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31)”  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12)”