The pandemic of this century has stretched from 2019 through 2021 and seems to be ramping up again. The death toll from this terrible virus has reached 617,000 in the United States and 4.3 million worldwide. Families have been destroyed, the job market is suffering, education is being tested, and millions are arguing about masking and vaccination. We still have at least 14 states, South Carolina being one of them (48%), that are failing at less than 50% receiving at least one vaccination shot. With a population of more than 5 million people in South Carolina, this means that 2.5 million people in S.C. are among us unvaccinated and do not care. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of attitude. We argue about whether or not to take the COVID-19 vaccination shot, but we don't seem to be concerned about all the toxins we put in our bodies every day.
We drink carbonated soda on a regular basis, which is preserved with all kinds of chemicals, including formaldehyde, which is used to embalm dead bodies. Not to mention how the carbonation process inflates our stomach. Carbonated beverage consumption has been linked with diabetes, hypertension and kidney stones, all risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Cola beverages, in particular, contain phosphoric acid and have been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones. All it takes is two sodas per day for any or all of the previous conditions to set in (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles). Even though most of us are aware of the possible effects of drinking dark sodas, so many of us still drink it daily. Sad to say, but some of these individuals are the same folks who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccination. Come on, people, we are better than that! How can we build a strong nation if we continue to self-destruct?
The age group that refuses to take the vaccination includes the same group of young people who would take a gunshot and chalk it up as a battle wound. The same gunshot could kill them if the bullet landed in the wrong spot. So let's review this; you brag about a gunshot scar, but you despise the vaccine shot that could save your life and those you come in contact with if you were infected. Another group lobbies for the right to bear arms, which has the potential to increase the death rate by gunshot wound, but once again, that's OK. It seems like we are more concerned about getting back to the times of the wild, wild West than saving lives. Something terrible has gone wrong with this nation and the world. We the people really need to solve this problem before we birth a purging civil war.
Right now, the pandemic is COVID-19. If we don't get a handle on this country, the pandemic can very well be a civil war in every neighborhood with all of the gun discussions going on.
Finally, so many have refused the vaccination shot, but they have no problem attending a tattoo or chipping party. People get intoxicated and get tattoos one after another with the same needle. Others may attend a chip party where a chip is installed somewhere in their hand for the purpose of transacting business. These processes are done without any reservations about the hundreds of repercussions. I know of a few people who contracted COVID-19 from a needle at one of these tattoo parties.
I believe that all of these actions are prerequisites for what is to come. We are living in a time of the Great Deception. Our fore parents lived through the Great Depression, but we are living through the Great Deception! There is a spirit that has saturated the land and penetrated the minds of millions to the point where people believe lies at a rate much faster than they are willing to accept the truth. Even when the evidence is before our very eyes, we still resist truth and embrace lies.
Please, erase the myths from your minds and receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The life you save just might be yours!
John 8:32: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Sam Livingston is pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Manning.
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