With the terrorizing spread of COVID-19, brave Christians all over America have decided to show just how defiant and unafraid they are. A virus? We can’t even see it! How can it hurt us? Jesus will protect us! And that’s why you have crap memes like this flooding social media:
Because, naturally, Christians feel compelled to scream to the world just how deep and strong their belief is, at every available opportunity. They just won’t shut up about it. Is something bad happening in the world? You can bet there’s a bunch of very vocal Christians somewhere on the internet telling anyone and everyone that Jesus will protect them, they have no fear, bring it on because God is watching over them. Well aren’t you the special chosen ones! Nobody asked how devout you are, and nobody but you actually cares.
And now that this Coronavirus has been wreaking havoc across the globe, Christians have a whole new stage where they can do their song and dance of defiance for everyone to see. Defiance against what? Oh, all sorts of things: common sense, rationality, the safety of others, proven science, self-preservation, and hard evidence, just to name a few.
Here are some stellar examples of Christians being spectacularly irresponsible, courtesy of The Friendly Atheist, which has been tracking this stuff since the outbreak:
- God Will Defeat COVID-19 “In 10 Days,” Said Two Christians More Than 10 Days Ago
- Colorado Pastor: I’m Ignoring All COVID-19 Safety Rules That Aren’t in the Bible
- Louisiana Pastor Brings 26 Busloads of Passengers Together for Sunday Services
- Despite COVID-19, Jerry Falwell, Jr. Wants Students and Staff Back at Liberty U.
- Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Refuses to Close All Stores During Pandemic
- Here’s a Picture of Mike Pence’s Team Attempting to Pray Away Coronavirus
So…what makes Christians behave this way? How can they possibly think this virus won’t affect them, despite the thousands of people it’s already killed all over the world? Do they really think all those dead people in Italy weren’t devout enough? Now, that’s a stretch.
Krishnamurti once said, “The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” I think we can also say it’s an indication of doubt, and in a crisis it can serve as a weird sort of defense mechanism. I think they know that the virus doesn’t give one flipping shit about their beliefs — in fact, it’s directly challenging the power of their belief because their prayers obviously aren’t working:
- A KY Church Ignored Social Distancing Advice; Now, a Worshiper Has COVID-19 Uh-oh.
- Ignoring Virus, an IL Church Held Services; Now Most of the Congregation is Sick Well, what do you know.
- Virginia Pastor Who Said COVID-19 Was Anti-Trump “Mass Hysteria” Dies of Virus Whoops. Didn’t see that coming.
That 2nd one is a doozy. He made a big deal out of his scorn for what those know-nothing experts are telling us, and he apparently said “As long as I walk in the light of that law of the Spirit of life, no germ will attach itself to me” on Facebook. He also indicated the media was over-hyping the problem, and that it’s just a way for people to attack Trump, and other predictable stuff. Then he took his entire family to mingle with the crowds in New Orleans, hoping to save some of them from sin (sigh). Well, now he’s gone. Maybe it was what Jesus wanted.
Christians apply magical thinking to everyday life, which is basically how religion works, but it’s especially convenient in a crisis like this. If a devout Christian doesn’t get the virus, he’ll undoubtedly hail this as proof of Jesus’ protection. If he does get the virus and lives, that’s proof of Jesus’ protection and he passed a test of his faith. If he gets the virus and dies, fellow Christians will just say it was part of God’s plan. See? With blind faith, any shitty event is a win!
I fully realize that this is why religion exists: to give some hope and meaning to our existence in this world that doesn’t care if we live or die. But that doesn’t mean you have to be an idiot with your behavior. If you believe in a god, then you have to believe that he/she/it also gave you the ability to reason, which helps you survive. What these people are doing is letting their religious programming shut off that built-in reason and common sense. They willfully ignore all the information given to them, letting religion override their survival instinct, and then they end up getting sick. They basically think the Bible should overrule what experts say about anything, hoping they’ll be rewarded in Heaven, and I think it’s going to get a lot more of them killed before this is all over. It’s not very pro-life, is it?
Should we feel sorry for these people? I feel they should be given care when they get themselves sick, but I don’t feel much pity for them and their conscious choice to be ignorant and reckless with their health and the safety of others.