Anyone who cares about America can get a cheap boatload of anxiety. In fact, the Socialists are giving anxiety away for free. They bombard us with the threat that Covid-19 will kill us all if we don’t quarantine. Yet Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, wrote on the liberal website TheHill.com that Covid-19 has a fatality rate of less than 0.2 percent of those infected. Instead of allowing for people to go about their normal lives and in the process developing what Atlas calls “the vital population immunity,” we have all been isolated, which has its own health risks. It devastated the economy, which is now recovering, even though the recovery is not much mentioned for fear the news would reduce people’s anxiety.
The suppressed economy led to job loss which led to apprehension about the ability to pay one’s bills. Landlords can’t take any action when their tenants don’t pay their rent, yet they still have expenses. Other important medical procedures were curtailed because the hospitals needed to be left available to deal with an influx of Covid-19 patients that never materialized. In fact, hospitals will call almost any illness “Covid-19 related” so that they can get patients and get paid for treating them. Hospitals need income, too. Yet the practice artificially hypes Covid numbers resulting in more anxiety.
People worry about the threatened spread of riots, arson, and robbery. Law enforcement personnel are belittled and disrespected. Public safety concerns increase daily. People are afraid to breathe in a crowd. Churchgoers are afraid of fines and arrests for attending church – even though casinos are allowed to operate as though they are somehow more essential than churches. Being stuck at home for months on end creates mental stress. And there are never-ending attacks on a popular president and his policies. Yes, anxiety flourishes.
And then there is the huge set up for voter fraud in the November election. Democrats know that Biden cannot win an honest election. And honest people know that the Dems have the capacity to create a multitude of bogus votes that could swing election results. And then when the issue of who really won the presidential election is strung out so long that no decision has been made by January 20, then the Speaker of the House (at this point Nancy Pelosi) becomes president until a decision is made. The potential for voter fraud and the possibility of the election results going before a Congress with Pelosi as Speaker sometimes wakes me up at night.
So yes, there is a lot to produce anxiety in every patriotic American, but anxiety is a waste of energy, and it accomplishes nothing good.
Thankfully, this country was founded by people who believed that their freedoms are a gift from God. Those of us who still believe that know that God is a God who loves us and cares for us even though we as a country have drifted far from Him.
When the threats of this year wake me up, I can go back to sleep by remembering a few important messages that God gave to us. My personal favorite anxiety antidote is Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Then in verse 19, the Apostle Paul adds, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
The Apostle Peter writes, “Cast all your anxieties on [God], because He cares for you” [I Peter 5:7]. The writer of Hebrews states, “For [God] Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” [Hebrews 13:5b-6]. And the Psalmist [27:1] writes, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
God’s overwhelming peace is a far better deal than what the Socialists are offering. After all anxiety is woefully overrated.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. Releasing our anxiety does not mean we should stop working. The RPV is instructing unit leaders about what we need to do to thwart election fraud. Volunteer to help with the work. Effectively taking action against the things that produce stress also helps relieve anxiety.