Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Franklin Roosevelt
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
As I write this, we are approaching December 7th. Franklin Roosevelt predicted that this day would live in infamy. Almost 80 year later, it still does. It has become one of those days that we hold in collective memory as a nation. It was a rallying cry for a nation in mourning and anger. President Roosevelt was able to mobilize the collective emotions of a reeling nation into action.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis does not have a specific date nor even a specific culprit to mobilize against. It is an invisible virus that has attacked our nation, and the entire world. Still, we need to mobilize against it. We need selfless decisions and sacrifice in order to defeat the invisible enemy. So far, we have come up short in this regard. Mask wearing has become a matter of “personal preference” to the point that such preference has potentially endangered other people.
Yes, we as Americans cherish our liberty, but liberty is not license. When sacrifice for the sake of others becomes a bit uncomfortable, we have a decision to make. Yes, we do have the freedom to make personal decisions about wearing masks, gathering with those outside our “safe circle”, and how we social distance. Yes, these are sacrificial decisions. However, aren’t those decisions worth the cost?
We have faced many times in our history where we have been called upon to make sacrifices for the common good. Are we up to it in this instance?
I pray that we are.
Prayer: Lord, you have called us to take into account the needs of others, and not just our own needs and desires. Help us to follow the loving path, Amen.