On May 25th, the city of Dallas, Tx, reached a milestone; for the first time since the pandemic, there were no deaths due to the Coronavirus. Considering that the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area’s 2019 population was 7,573,136, this is a significant accomplishment.
But, before one has the opportunity to get excited, there is the tiny print that many fail to read that discloses the rest of the story. Reading further into the reports, it is noted that these statistics are only the cases that have required hospitalization. The total case count of 8,998 with 211 deaths does not include individuals who tested positive for the Coronavirus, were treated and released to self-quarantine, or passed away while quarantined at home.
The second area that was kept hush-hush is that two-thirds of the cases have been individuals under the age of 65 and without high-risk chronic health conditions. So, 6,002 people who were considered medically healthy still required inpatient hospitalization for the evaluation and treatment of the Coronavirus.
We must ask ourselves when we hear or read the statistics for the cities we reside in; where is the rest of the story? Who would think that the numbers in Dallas would only reflect cases that required admission to the hospital? Is the current trend nationwide for only inpatient hospitalizations to be counted and reported to the American people? Then we are not being told the whole truth, and the decision to publish to the general public only hospitalized cases and deaths was an intentional act, which may explain why many have not taken the COVID-19 virus seriously and continue to place emphasis on the economy.
We have been placed on a need-to-know basis. The statistics are misleading and have led many astray with the false belief that it is the senior population that ranks first in Total Cases and Total Deaths. This concept is not a current trend because of the pandemic. Historically, adversity exposes the natural tendency for people to become hysterical and overreact; as a result, vital knowledge is withheld. Who would think that the hoarding of toilet tissue would be the response to a virus that attacks the Respiratory system?
We are kept in the dark unless a whistle-blower with an intact conscience steps forward and reveals the truth! The result of disclosure is the retaliation of their employers and the anger of the public who really did not want to know the rest of the story.
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. Galatians 5:7-8
Walking down the middle of the road is known as “Compromise.” We play a dangerous game of chance when we are comfortable with only knowing part of the truth. No two comfort zones are alike. We build our custom-made zones based on the decision not to go above and beyond. The presenting obstacles that require new thinking or actions, we tend to ignore and are perfectly happy, only knowing just enough information.
And yes, the whole truth brings discomfort in our lives. The desire to know the entire story takes strength and continuous perseverance. At times, you feel powerless and weak from the ongoing struggle of right vs. wrong, and truth vs. error. Even so, seeking the truth empowers us by tearing down the walls of fear, disbelief, and indifference. The choice to possess knowledge of the rest of the story gives us the freedom to make informed and wise decisions regarding every aspect of our lives.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Galatians 5:16-17
We have the need to know the complete truth about every threat to our lives. Thankfully, God has not withheld any knowledge from us; the Bible contains the rest of the story, His Son Jesus Christ is coming again. With God’s guidance, we no longer have to compromise by walking down the middle of the road. He provides all that we need to know to continue our walk on the straight and narrow Path of Righteousness.
Bible Reading: Galatians 5
Prayer: God, we thank you for giving us the complete truth regarding what our part is in the Plan of Salvation. We pray for the strength to seek knowledge and ask you to provide us with the wisdom to stay away from the middle of the road. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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