April 27, 2020 - Shocked

When I woke up this morning I was shocked to know that a world leader had suggested that Americans should inject themselves with household disinfectants as a coronavirus remedy. I read the quote one more time to make sure I had not misread or misconstrued what I thought I heard or read. The comments were, "And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and then it does a tremendous number on the lungs so it would be interesting to check that." Yes, it does a tremendous negative job on the lungs, for it would be very harmful and deadly.

Please my brothers and sisters, I write this to caution anyone from attempting to use disinfectants to treat coronavirus. This is nonsense, callous and preposterous because if attempted, there could be serious consequences. Disinfectants can be dangerous or even deadly if used improperly. Under no circumstances should disinfectants be used on one's skin, ingested or injected internally.

I can remember a young farm child at the age of four accidentally swallowing some clorox. That incident could have taken the young man's life, but because of immediate doctor's intervention a life was saved. I will always remember that day. God had a greater plan and work for that child. Praise God!

Don't ask me why, but my mind segued over to a shocking story in the Bible. I suggest you go to Numbers 22: 28-35 that reads as follows, "Then the Lord opened the donkey's mouth, and it said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now." The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the Lord asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.

Balaam said to the angel of the Lord," I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."

The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you." So Balaam went with Balak's officials.

As shocking as the above story may sound, there are some interesting points. First, we are the American people following the world leader who has made such disparaging remarks. We are his people that are to be protected by his leadership. Secondly, the angel of the Lord opposed Balaam because he was going down a reckless path. Our world leader is taking us down a reckless path and we must open our eyes, ears and minds so that we may think and see for ourselves.  Thirdly, may our world leader be influenced by God when speaking to his people, for it does not appear that man or woman will speak truths against the leader. May our God intervene and speak to him!

This is not a politically motivated message, just my thoughts! Stay safe, stay home and practice social distancing!  

Not a sermon, just a thought!

Robert Earl Slade, Pastor