Prayer #134: For the Use of Lockdowns During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Not everyone agrees that the use of lockdowns to control the spread of the Coronavirus was the correct approach, nor was it the recommended approach prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter and the author of two recent volumes, Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns, parts 1 and 2, recently observed that for the last 15 years, prior to COVID, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as other disease and virology experts, believed, Berenson said, "that a lockdown would be a terrible idea. The people who looked into this the hardest for the longest for a long time said the same thing, which is, wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, and there's only so much you can do about this and trying to do too much is likely to cause pain as it is to do any good."
Berenson stated that when substantial cases of COVID-19 began to appear in the United States, media organizations led a "panic" that pushed officials to institute lockdowns and other restrictions. Meanwhile, places such as Sweden, which had no lockdowns, fared quite well, and the virus appears to have subsided nearly completely.
There are, of course, arguments on both sides, for and against the lockdowns and restrictions. But one thing we now know for certain: these lockdowns should be used as judiciously as possible, because they come with a severe price, with widespread effects on businesses and jobs, mental health, education, and so many other areas of life.
We want to pray now for the President, the governors of our states, and the mayors and city councils across our country. Pray that God would give them much wisdom as they make decisions to continue COVID restrictions, whether to move into the next phase of reopening and when to end the restrictions. Pray that these leaders would seek the Lord earnestly. Continue to pray for God's grace, care, and mercy for those who are most affected by these restrictions.
Prov. 15:33: "The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor."