The FDA recently issued the following statement. “To address the risk of bioterrorism, Congress has taken steps to enable the development and approval of countermeasures to thwart pathogens that could be employed as weapons. Today’s approval provides an important milestone in these efforts.”
This new drug, Tecovirimat, will be used to combat a deadly disease that can potentially be used as a bioweapon. The unexpected twist is the targeted disease-smallpox. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared this disease eradicated in 1980 but there is a growing concern that the smallpox virus could be used as a bioweapon by a terrorist group. Currently, only two sources remain, the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia and the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR Institute) in Koltsovo, Russia. Clearly a great deal of resources were devoted to combat a disease that has not infected anyone in nearly forty years. The threat is real and the dire consequences of new infections warrant such extraordinary measures.
There are many dangers to my life that I have never encountered but the threats are real and I need to be prepared. I have maintained health and auto insurance but have thankfully been healthy and never been in major accident. What about spiritual precautions? Are there threats that I have never faced but are real and could result in serious or even deadly consequences?
Living in the United States, I have been blessed by the liberties granted to me by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. However, these freedoms have lulled me into complacency regarding my faith. Until recently, citizens have the freedom to attend any church, to pray in public, and to read the Bible. Yet, ominous signs are emerging and attacks are increasing, fueled by social media and cloaked by the anonymity of memes and pseudonyms. In the public eye, activists, under the banner of equality and inclusiveness, contradict their own ideologies, demanding restrictions and denial of religious liberties for Christians, as they promote their own agendas that should be welcoming and inclusive for all faiths.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one…
Ephesians 6:16 (ESV)
Hopefully, we will never have to use Tecovirimat but if the smallpox virus is weaponized, we will know how to defend ourselves. The current trend toward repression and muzzling of religious liberties is growing. If an actual attack does occur, we already have the best and proven defense, the shield of faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.