As we move forward in yet another day of adjusting to the changes we are facing, many of us strive to stay informed via the news on television, radio, or the net. Some news is encouraging, some is dark, some is based on bad intel, and some news just downright frustrates us. There are several factors that contribute to frustration with the news. Some frustrations are because we are disappointed with some of our country's leadership and the manner in which they are behaving; some frustration comes about because of how some media outlets are still striving to emulate the tabloids rather than an objective news outlet.; and some frustrations come about because of the reports we hear.
Among those reports is the question that has come to the forefront that basically asks when the economy is more important than human lives. The debate centers around shelter-in-place vs. getting back to work. Like any valid debate, there are valid arguments on both sides. However, as people, we can't help but wonder, "how do our leaders determine our worth?" Is there a point where our citizens are considered an acceptable collateral loss? Some of us face the answers with disappointment and some with dispassionate pragmatism, while others with anger at having no say.
The worth of our lives from a Biblical perspective is clear. When calling on his audience to behave in a holy manner, Peter provides a wonderful reminder of our worth. In 1Peter 1:18-19 [Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.]
As we move through another day of our current reality, let us face the day encouraged by the truth of the worth God has given us. That worth also reminds us of the value of our neighbor and thus provides a guideline for how we should treat one another.
Have a blessed day.