So now there's Swine Flu; a.k.a. H1N1. Here's what one website says about it; "It's a common respiratory ailment in pigs, but this strain appears to be a subtype never before seen in pigs or humans."
There's a lot of stuff 'out there' these days that can harm us and this pestilence has ratcheted up the fear factor. Did you happen to notice the sudden shift in government press releases about swine flue? I did. No more is it called, 'swine flu', but H1N1 (hog nastiness) instead.
Hmmm. How do you suppose this happened? Well guess what; I have a theory.
Pig farmers of America, unite for your rights of solidarity and profitability! (...thoughts from the pig coalition...'let's give swine flu another name so that people forget about pigs and flu, and when they have forgotten, pork belly's will be popular again, and the aroma of baby-back ribs on the barbie will again waft through the neighborhood.)
Of course, there's a spiritual point to be made here and it has to do with calling sin by its right name. Give sin a new name and people will soon follow on. I could make a long list of things that, to the committed Christian, ought to be repulsive simply because sin is repulsive. How repulsive? we ask. Enough so that Jesus Christ (read, God) died to deliver us from the infection of sin.
Some people are wearing face masks to try to protect themselves from catching the potentially deadly swine flu virus. What kind of a mask does one wear to protect themselves from the sure and certain virus of sin? Answer: The Holy Spirit.
Christ has promised to protect us and never leave us, unless of course we choose to be left alone and on our own. But then that is spiritual suicide and a slap in the face of God when we reject His gift of salvation.
Actually, the whole pig (swine flu) thing is so politically transparent and self serving that were it not for those who have already died and those who are ill, some gravely so, it would be laughable.
Sin is not laughable. It kills! There are no antiviral meds for sin; there is only the blood of Jesus Christ. One symbolic drop is a cure-all, a complete antidote, full protection, an eraser big enough to wipe clean the record of all our sins, and...and an "Admit One" ticket to heaven either by resurrection or translation.
Swine flu it's called; swine flu it is; regardless of those who would be 'piglitically correct'.
Sin it is called; sin it is; regardless of those who try to spin it into a "silk purse".
God Bless. e.c.