If I had a nickel for every time I read a remark on social media to the effect of “It’s just the flu!” I’d have enough money to buy my healthcare worker and educator friends all the PPE they need.
We should all know by now that COVID-19 isn’t just the flu. If you subscribe to this newsletter, then you probably pay more attention to the facts presented by the scientific experts than to the propaganda pushed by the president and his cronies. But it’s hard to blame people if they did take the president at his word, even this particular president. No matter how many flagrant lies he tells over Twitter, at his rallies, or in his press briefings, there’s still a part of us that wants to believe that the highest-ranking politician in our country wouldn’t knowingly deceive us about a massive public health threat.
So, when the president told us on February 26 it was just the flu, when he said on February 10 that it would miraculously go away when it got warm in April, when he repeated that sentiment again on February 27 that one day the virus would disappear “like a miracle,” you can’t entirely blame folks for thinking that president had access to the best information and that what he was telling us was rooted in that information.
But if they did think that, they reckoned without the fact that this president lies and misleads us constantly.
He lies for his political gain. He lies for his personal gain. He lies to enhance his ego and to attack those he sees as threats. Sometimes, it seems that he’s lying for no apparent reason. He lies and lies and lies some more. And his lies are evil and destructive.
Lies and untruths are rooted in evil, Scripture tells us, but the truth shall set us free. Let us counter the lies and falsities and innuendos with truth, spoken with courageous compassion and compassionate courage.