and then COVID hit…

If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.                                     Proverbs 24:10

How many times have we heard this refrain in the past two years? “And then COVID hit…”

So many of my clients had been dealing with relationship problems, employment problems, anxiety, etc., and then COVID hit. The presence of COVID issues became a multiplier for misery. Whatever problems my clients had, now became exponentially worse because of COVID-19.

COVID has literally changed our culture. It exposed existing cultural cleavages in thought and attitude which had been simmering for several years. When the pandemic hit, those long-simmering worldviews, which had been lingering beneath the surface for years, burst forth in anger. One could not easily be angry with a disease, but one could certainly label those who differed in their opinions about the disease, as an enemy.

Thus, COVID became politicized, and that can never be good. Political responses to health problems are often opportunistic ways to capture votes. Our world is now a different place than it was just two years ago. Not just different in the normal way that we grow and change, but different because we see the world differently.

So, post-COVID world is a thing. Crises define and illuminate character. We can embrace the new challenges and find ways to work together for one another, or we can be angry, spiteful, and politically opportunistic.

I suggest that we are all in this together, and that we try not to become tribal and opportunistic. Let’s humbly listen to one another. Divisive issues such as abortion and gun control are opportunities to listen to one another and decide to love one another, no matter our positions.

What do you think?

Prayer: Lord, give us ears to hear and patience to listen well, Amen

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