If you are in crisis, please call 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are not alone.
Nearly 3.2 million Americans applied for unemployment last week, bringing the total to 33 million since the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. seven weeks ago.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu) President and evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says these tragic, grievous unemployment numbers underscore the excruciating moral dilemma which confronts Americans at the moment.
"On the one hand, we want to protect people from getting the coronavirus," Land said. "However, we also understand that buried in these horrendous unemployment numbers is manifold human tragedy—people who have lost the small business that represents the savings of a lifetime to bankruptcy and people who are facing eviction from their homes or possibly losing the home they have been paying mortgages on for 15 or more years. Federal research reveals that during the last serious economic downturn in 2008, which is a minor ripple compared to these numbers, for every 1 point the unemployment rate went up, the suicide rate went up 1%. If that research holds true, tens of thousands of Americans will commit suicide in the coming months amid hopelessness and despair after losing their jobs and, in many cases, their lifetime savings through no fault of their own—not bad business decisions, not flagrant spending—but simply because their government shut down the economy.
"In addition, government research shows the last economic downturn generated a significant increase in drug abuse and addiction," Land added. "So the cruel reality is that what we're facing in America is not a choice between saving lives and restarting the economy, but how many lives will be ruined or lost by rampant economic dislocation vs. people who will get sick—and some will die—from the coronavirus. To present the dilemma as anything simpler than that is disingenuous.
"So what do we do?" he continued. "It seems to me that the morally prudent thing to do is to make every effort to get our economy up and running as rapidly as possible while at the same time taking extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable among us—the elderly and those with life-compromising conditions, such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and people's whose immune systems have been compromised, etc. In other words, let's take the precautions we need to take to protect the vulnerable and let everyone else get back to work.
"In addition, we need to understand that America is a very diverse place, as the coronavirus pandemic has vividly illustrated for us," Land concluded. "Approximately 40% of all coronavirus cases in the U.S. have occurred in three states: New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, which happen to represent approximately 11% of the U.S. population. On the other hand, California, Florida and Texas represent the three most populous states—totaling more than a quarter of the population. And yet their coronavirus experience has been radically different than New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. If there was ever a vivid illustration of why one size doesn't fit all, this is it. There has seldom been a stronger case to be made for American federalism than the current coronavirus epidemic. The federal government should be allowing, while constantly keeping in mind the rights acknowledged and protected by the Constitution, the various states to make whatever arrangements and accommodations they feel will best protect their citizens from illness and from economic devastation."
To contact us or to submit an article, click here.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!
- Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
- God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
- HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details