The question is, will we ‘act appropriately’? Because, sadly, along with the faith on which our country is founded, we seem nationally to have lost the fighting spirit that puts aside self-interest for the greater good. The reality is, we’re probably going to have to live with this virus for quite a while, but our plans to combat it so far have been both incompetent and confused – made worse by a rising tide of self-wounded complaint. ‘It’s not fair!’ people cry. ‘Why do we have to have restrictions? Why can’t we meet up with friends at the pub after 10? Why can’t we party…?’
The answer is simple, though perhaps to modern ears, unpalatable – because, if we carry on as ‘normal’ in these abnormal times, some people, who should have lived, will die. And many more will suffer.
Yes, the current situation is unpleasant. Our economy has without doubt taken a massive hit that’s going to affect all of us for years to come, and many are fearful for their livelihoods. Many others are suffering the toll of anxiety, isolation and fear … and all of us perhaps are living under a shadow that we can’t quite ‘comprehend’. But what is needed now is for us to pull together … to work selflessly to overcome the crisis produced by the virus. For the greater good.
Okay, most Covid victims won’t die – but around 1% will, while another 35% will have to endure long term symptoms from which they may never recover. So why don’t we just bite the bullet and make an all-out push to bring the virus under control? After all, does it really hurt us to wear a face mask in public and keep apart from other people? And isn’t it better to go for a temporary lockdown that really will bring infection rates down to manageable levels, so that we can then get on with life and start rebuilding our economy?
Over the last years, society seems increasingly to have lost its way. As a nation we have rejected God – in the process losing the values of honour, faithfulness, steadfastness, truth … self-control – all the values that once made Britain great. We have lost our moral compass. But in this virus now, hard though it may be to hear, we are being offered an opportunity.
We are so much better than the mewling, self-obsessed, and ultimately deluded lap dog that our nation has become. Though the Government may legislate to change our values, the bulldog spirit still lurks somnolent within, needing only to be awakened. With grit and determination, we can and will get through this crisis – and with a little bit of effort, we can emerge stronger. But, for that, we need to humble ourselves before God and repent. We need to recover the values enjoined in the Bible. Of faithfulness, truth, mercy, perseverance … determination to follow the right course, come hell or high water.
For the greater good and to shield the vulnerable, the bulldog inside us must wake up, and we must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves.