When do we reach zero risk? I’ve been thinking and praying about that, and had an interesting discussion with a couple of friends about this the other night.
The Lord showed me something over the weekend as a more familiar and pronounced analogy: the Global Warming/Climate Change movement.
There are really three different factions at work in that issue: 1) those that believe “we’re all gonna die”, therefore the government and experts opinions and data must be trusted and should be allowed to take over most aspects of daily life; 2) the “it’s all a hoax” group that feels it’s a conspiracy by the government and that most of the ideas and data are manipulated to infringe freedoms and rights; and
3) those that know that the climate is different and has been changing in a regular basis since who knows when, but that don’t think we have much or anything to do with it nor can it be effectively changed by massive government or scientific interference.
Regardless of where you fall, there is enough influence of the first group that our daily lives have permanently changed because of it. There is enough conflicting evidence that many people think the influence of those experts is too intrusive. So, we wind up with daily lives somewhat changed by the debate over Global Warming/Climate Change and everybody is expected to have an opinion and that opinion seems to define who you can be friends with or with whom you can discuss things peacefully.
However, wisdom is that there is some truth on both sides of the discussion and there is a recognized need to go on with life.
So, in answer to my own question, there is nothing that can be done to bring life to zero risk. Nothing. Our current situation with COVID-19 is untenable. We cannot continue in this fashion for long. However, there are some that that say or write that any risk is too much. Others that think it’s not worth any lifestyle change to protect vulnerable people because it’s “just the flu” and some, like myself, that see interesting views on both sides.
For some reason, Proverbs 25:2 comes to mind, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of Kings”. The proper response is still hidden at the moment, but we are beginning at least to have the debate. I think the further truth revealed in this current debate is twofold: our current situation is a confluence of a religious trust in science and experts and a pervasive need for safety and security outside of God in our society. The fallibility of both points of view should be obvious. The Wisdom of God and His peace must be taught and sought. And we know that it’s available for the asking as it says in James 4:2-3, “…you do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives…”
The only answer is to ask God to reveal Himself, His motives and His Kingdom in this matter, and to remove the layer of man’s fallible opinion and facts from the Truth God will reveal in this matter if we ask. Asking is what I intend to continue to do.