Ebola: Do Your Own Thinking

This blog is taken from the Voice of Prophecy.

The application is powerful in respects to our religious and spiritual lives.

I would love to trust the CDC,200470326-001  I really would.  In fact, I hope that the information trickling out of official government channels is accurate.  I hope that the most paranoid among us is over-reacting.  I hope that ebola is as hard to contract as we’ve been told.

But honestly, I plan to be more careful than the official information suggests that I should be.  The airplane that Nurse Number Two took from Cleveland to Dallas?  It’s been thoroughly cleaned: it even got new seat backs and new rugs before being returned to service.  But the plane she took to Cleveland?  It didn’t get the same treatment.  It’s still being used. In fact, it’s in the air right now as I write. 

Another hospital employee is on a cruise ship. 

We were told that it was a “breach in protocol” that led to the first transmission on American soil.  That isn’t particularly comforting; people make mistakes or use poor judgment every day.  Where there is one breach, there will be another – or maybe hundreds more.  There will be more people traveling when they shouldn’t.  More people walking out onto the tarmac without protective gear.  People don’t always act rationally, and few people weigh the risk to others with more gravitas than they weigh their own well-being.  

We were originally told that ebola would be essentially rendered ineffective if it landed in the United States, that it wouldn’t spread from an American hospital … but now we’re being told that the stakes are high. 

Does it bother me that the story changes over time?  Sure, it does.

I can understand that government officials are trying to avoid a panic, and I understand that the travel industry will suffer if travel drops off.  I understand that potential crises can affect markets, which is a troublesome outcome in an economy that is already limping.  And I understand the charts and data that show the infectiousness of ebola is less than that of measles or malaria.  The key difference: I will probably survive those other diseases.  It’s far less likely that I would survive a case of ebola.  Right now, the odds I get it are relatively low (although I pass through major travel hubs several times a week), but the stakes are incredibly high if I do happen to come in contact with it. 

So I plan to set my own levels of caution, and do my own thinking about it. Perhaps this will blow over in a few weeks and prove to be nothing … hopefully, the information is accurate … but if it does start spreading in the general population at some point, I will have educated myself ahead of time. 

In the end, if the official information is wrong, you are the one who pays the ultimate price for the mistake.  Someone else will get on the air to say they had misjudged the threat, and you will be in a casket. 

The first lesson of human history: do your own thinking

The same should be true for the world of religion.  Far too many people take the experts’ word for it.  They love to hear big-scale TV preachers talk about how Christianity is really about material success and self-esteem.  They love to hear that sin is not as serious as we first thought, and how ultimately, nobody will be lost.  Just as Paul predicted, we have thousands of opportunities in these last days to listen to fables and turn our ears away from the truth.  (2 Timothy 4:3)

When it comes to your relationship to God, you can’t run with an experts’ opinion.  By all means, listen to those who are experienced in the faith, because there is a reason God asks us to congregate with and exhort each other. There is much to be learned from those who have walked with Christ for a lifetime. But at the end of the day, you will need your own experience, your own knowledge.  You will need to be a Berean: “…these were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”  (Acts 17:11)

Do your own thinking; one day you might find that letting someone else do your thinking for you is very expensive.

By all means, don’t put on your tin-foil hat and spend your days obsessing about how this is an attempt by the New World Order to kill us all.  The world hardly needs more conspiracy theorists.  But at the same time, understand that people are … just people.  They choose courses of action for a reason that may not agree with your personal need for safety.  They say – and leave unsaid – what they deem appropriate for their own reasons.  Those reasons might not include your future.

At the end of the day, the one most responsible for you is you.

I’ll leave you to think about that for a bit.  I’ve got to get over to Walgreens to get some disinfectant wipes.  There are some dirty airplanes out there.  

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