Brace yourself. This is not going to be pretty.

After more than a decade of studying the Bible as a Christian, I saw my own bias and chose to prioritize objective facts and my own sense of reason above that which I may wish to be true

Jonathan McCormick, Jr.

“Is COVID hastening the Second Advent?”

Pastor Doug Batchelor

The following is an email exchange reformatted to a conversational style for the sake of smoothness.

Here is what the evangelist had to say…

Cartoon shared by Pr. Batchelor as he posted the announcement

UPDATE— 08/17/2020: Pr. Batchelor contacted the author of this article to reiterate that “this…was a cheerful parody to our members here,” and that, “It had nothing to do with ‘evading bans on church gatherings.’ ”

During this time of COVID-related bans on assembly, one pastor in California is encouraging Christians to “exercise [their] First Amendment rights” by “peacefully protesting against the devil, sin, lawlessness, hate, and evil of every kind” in his church’s parking lot.

“That’s a bad idea.”

Tweet by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. PC McCormick.

“Just going to leave this here:

“Do not consume or inject disinfectant. That’s a bad idea.”

- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

This Tweet comes as Michiganders are upset with Whitmer’s authoritarian policies regarding the COVID-19 lockdown, and shortly after President Trump made a sarcastic question, according to the Washington Post:

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.”

-Pres. Donald Trump

Is such terminology acceptable?

(L → R) Prof. Paisley Rekdal, Frances Floresca, Rep. Kim Coleman.

That solution is worse than the problem…

The school shared the facts with me…

Buller Hall, Andrews University. PC McCormick.

Andrews University told me that it is enacting a “temporary furlough” on employees due to the “significant national and global financial threats” caused by the novel coronavirus.

The school said that it is “taking temporary measures that are provided for within the government stimulus opportunities for the nation as a whole, and for higher education in particular…”

I sat down with Biology Professor Brian Wong, PhD, to get his thoughts on the risks involved

Photo by visuals on Unsplash

Jonathan A. McCormick, Jr.

Journalist & tech entrepreneur. Follow me on Twitter @Jonathan_M_Jr

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