I’m sure the title I gave to this column, “Is the coronavirus a God given plague?,” will create negative responses from those who reject God as a reality, or as a behind the scenes silent co-founder of the United States, along with the founding fathers.

God’s role in the establishment of America as a unique nation was that of the inspiration for those unique documents referred to today as America’s foundational documents, America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution. A rejection of God’s role in America’s freedom may well be for those who reject God, but for those who accept God as their Creator it will not be any surprise that this virus may well be a plague given by God to get mankind’s attention that He is still in charge.

Why would this be? Because those who believe in God have read His guidelines for a prosperous and free nation in the Bible. These believers are versed in how God sent plagues onto Egypt after God sent Moses to Egypt to free the Israelites from the slavery that the Pharaoh had imposed on them after 400 years of co-habitation with the Egyptians.

The believers are familiar with those plagues: the water turned to blood; frogs; lice; boils; hail; locusts, and the thick darkness. They also remember Pharaoh countered several of those plagues, but the final plague that caused the Pharaoh to release the Israelites was the death of the Pharaoh’s firstborn son, and the firstborn son of all households that did not mark their doors with the blood of a first born lamb.

This was not the first time God used plagues to get the attention of a wayward people, those who flouted the Law of Moses given by the Lord on Mt. Sinai. And the coronavirus will not the be last time the Lord will use a plague (often referred to as curses) to get the attention of a people who reject his commandments, as America is now doing, beginning in the late 1800s when the Bible was removed as the primary text book in schools. Later prayer was removed from the schools, and now political correctness guides America, a nation that was literally established on “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

The Founders were believers. A fact I’m sure of because Jefferson closed out the Declaration by declaring in the last paragraph of the Declaration these words: “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, … “ and then closing the document with these words, “with a full reliance of the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Then all 56 committee members signed it. A strong indication of their belief in God’s involvement.

No one would have believed just two months ago how fast the economy of America, and the world could be destroyed by a then unknown Wuhan (Chinese) virus. Today America’s economy is badly shaken with no one sure of what to do next. Believers will likely turn to Deuteronomy 28 to understand. This chapter is divided into two sections. The first section, for those nations who live God’s commandments, as America’s founders once did, begins with these words: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of God, and to observe and do all his commandments which I command this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.” The next 12 verses outline those powerful blessings.

But verse 15, a verse aimed at those nations who reject God’s commandments, reads: “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses (plagues) shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.” Verses 16 through 68 then describe the curses or plagues that shall befall those nations. Historians verify that this is what happens to those nations who reject the commandments of God, as America has been doing in recent years, and just how fast a God given plague can bring a nation to its knees – with no end in sight.

The solution for the corona plague is for America to begin accepting and living God’s commandments again, those commandments that are all named in the first five chapters of the Bible.

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Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist who lives in Woodstock.

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Diseases afflict "believers" too. What kind of loving father would send a plague to kill his children? Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son in Luke. When the son returned and was seen in the distance, his father was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. This is the lesson Jesus taught; love your children...don't condemn them to death because you don't agree with them. Conkey's twisting of scripture and judgement of others is hypocritical and sinful. There's scripture for this too.

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