DHD: COVID mandate, ‘new normal,’ time management, deacons, Abbott, Mossman – baptistmessenger.com

DHD: COVID mandate, ‘new normal,’ time management, deacons, Abbott, Mossman – baptistmessenger.com


It’s starting to get cold—again. Just when the weather appears to get nicer, it changes course. That’s Oklahoma for you!

Well, I’m going to stay the course and offer six timely topics for you. Thanks for reading!

  1. Mohler on the mandate maneuver

If you haven’t heard, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to block the COVID-19 mandate that was to be enforced by the Biden Administration.

As DHD does often, I yield to Albert Mohler’s viewpoint on this ruling which he shared in his Briefing podcast this morning:

“Congress did not give the executive branch any authority to do this through OSHA,” Mohler stated, regarding the Biden Administration’s enforcement of the mandate through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “It didn’t do so directly. It didn’t do so indirectly. So to allow this kind of rule to stand by OSHA, it simply raises the question, and I’ve raised this over and over again. If OSHA can promulgate this rule and make it stick, what could it not do? What could this president or a future president order some federal agency to do in service of whatever cause might be the object of this so-called workaround? When you think about what’s hanging over us in the threat of any number of issues that would violate Christian conscience, just to say, the LGBTQ issues and policies, you understand why this pattern would be so threatening and why it would be such great concern.”

That is the direct concern. It’s not about how people view the vaccine. It’s not even about a private company or business requiring employees to get vaccinated. This is a major overreach that has no precedent but could lead to OSHA or any government agency having unnecessary power, which, thankfully, was ruled unconstitutional.

Listen to or read Mohler’s full commentary, and you will see he is for vaccination but against mandates. I share the same view.

  1. Is this the ‘new normal’?

I saw a marquee sign on my drive to work this week, posing a thought, “Maybe this is the new normal,” referring to having to deal with COVID on a regular basis.

First, let me say that I find the phrase “new normal” annoying. It has some odd baggage because it could be referring to social changes or differences that are becoming more acceptable—and that could be applied to anything.

Are we going to be forced to wear masks in public from now on? Are we going to be pressured to get new vaccine shots or boosters? Will society as a whole remain in fear of a disease?

My thought is this appears to be more of a trend or fad rather than a stability. Our country dealt with a polio outbreak in the 1940s and 50s. Now polio is a rarity.

More importantly, as Christians, we have no need to fear because we believe in a God who “heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:3).

  1. Zylstra on time …….

    Source: https://www.baptistmessenger.com/dhd-covid-mandate-new-normal-time-management-deacons-abbott-mossman/

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