So, who do we blame for the “Chinese Virus” or the “Wuhan Virus?” The name says it all, unless we change the name. The World Health Organization renamed it “Covid-19” partly to avoid blaming anyone for it. Some writers think we should blame bats because viruses like the Covid-19 are found in bats in China.
It’s a bad time to be a bat.
Apparently, the outbreak that is damaging the world so severely, started in China, in Hubei Province, in Wuhan city and that probably happened in December 2019, but the first cases of the disease may have occurred as early as November. The Government of China doesn’t like the criticism, and now we have a claim, popular in China, that the U.S. military somehow brought the virus to China. The U.S. does have several BSL4 labs. That’s the highest level of Biohazard Safety Laboratory. But then, the critics on the other side want us to know that China has its main BSL4 lab in the city of Wuhan, very close to ground zero for the outbreak. Who knows if something leaked out?
We can also blame anyone we don’t like, in any government, if the government reaction was slow at first. Spain had several major cultural festivals during the outbreak, and the revenue was too important to close them down. Now people are being sedated and allowed to die because resources to save them are not available. Where I live, many medical workers went to a curling bonspiel (a strange sports event) or to a dental conference, and many came back infected. We knew better, but we did it anyway.
Notice, in this news recording, that the announcer stops to cough. What is she not telling us?
Blaming, and using the virus outbreak as a chance to settle old scores, just shows how lost we are. We should discover sources, and wrong practices, so we do better next time; there are lessons we should learn. But if we could blame the Chinese Communist Party, or the U.S. Military and make the blame stick, no sick patient would then get out of a hospital bed and go home, completely healed. In the Bible, that’s why God is the judge:
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”Romans 12:19
The desperate need, at this time, is for a medical treatment that will stop the outbreak, and send the patients home from the hospitals. Instead of blame, one Christian writer asked “Have you prayed for the people of Wuhan?”
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That writer was ashamed to say, they did not think to pray for those suffering people.
As I write this, I am at home, except for safe trips out for things that are necessary. I also don’t feel well, but that might just be from sitting at home so much. You probably have the same story. It’s easy to worry, and to blame.
I have to agree with the Christian writer, it’s easy to forget some important things. After going to church every Sunday, for most of my life, and telling people that I am a Christian, I need to be a Christian. It was easy to talk about trusting God in the good times, when I didn’t have real problems, but now I need to believe; or it’s all a lie. We trust God, or we don’t; there is no middle of the road. The only thing we find near the center line is dead cats.
Imagine this scenario: God in Heaven has a solution to stop this virus pandemic, and He’s just waiting for us to ask for it, … and waiting, … and waiting. If that is true, who can we blame? Who failed to stop the plague, in that story?
This is the judgment of Jesus on the city of Jerusalem: “How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37) There is some blame in that statement.
So, let’s be willing. I think we should ask God for help, at this time when we really need help.