On Crisis

Times of crisis reveal true colours.

You may be shocked to learn that all the stuff you were taught about submission to authority, telling the truth, etc, etc, wasn’t about some abstract moral principles at all.

You may find this submission is scoped very narrowly. This unspoken scope is of course “you must submit to me; you must not lie to me; you must not steal from me“.

You may find that the authorities you grew up under (your church, your parents, your work, whatever) have absolutely no intention of practising what they preach. You may find that they will freely disobey the authorities over them when it suits their felt needs.

You may end up rethinking your relationship with authority. You were taught that it was about morality, but it may seem like it’s actually about power.

After all, if rules aren’t for everyone, what’s the point? If morality is relative, how is it morality? Whatever happened to the hysteria about moral relativity we grew up with? Was that also just for other people?

If we had seen a moral, principled, consistent, non-hypocritical response to the pandemic from (e.g.) the evangelical church, it would have been an incredibly witness to the church’s care for both its members and for the world at large.

This ordeal could have been an example of integrity, seriousness, and sound speech. Instead, the opponent is emboldened, as there is much evil to say about us.

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