Things as They Are and as They Need to Be III



The Way Things Are and As They Need To Be

Part III

Big Lies Exposed: Isolated Is Better than Gathered


Introduction

The big lie exposed is that closing away or isolation of human beings from other human beings is healthier and better than being open, gathering, or consolidated. The current context of course is within the global idea that forcing human beings into physical isolation, lockdown, quarantine, or closing off from a virus or a perceived pandemic is the most scientific or best way to beat or overcome the virus. This is not the point I will argue today. God gave us common sense and a strong mind. That mind and good sense tell us that when we are sick, our children are sick we stay home get healthy and keep others healthy in the process as well. In fact, In fact, I will not argue any point. My heart is for us to hear God’s word and plan for His people, as we move forward as people of faith and not fear. What happens when we are forced by control using the mechanism of fear into not following His plans or provision? Most often there are far worse consequences than the fear for those who must face the outcome.


Let’s take a minute and look closely at the health protocols and the results of western civilization’s mandatory closed/shut-down/quarantine response to pandemic circumstances and realities. Your children were specifically targeted and affected. Here is how (back to week one).


One: COVID the virus (by any name) is real.


Two: people we love have died mercilessly, needlessly, quickly and inhumanely alone and away from their family.


Three: the thought of dying in such a way creates the actual pandemic and mechanism of control - fear. From fear, panic. From panic, anxiety. From anxiety, depression. From depression, delusion. And from delusion the complete loss of reality and sound judgment.


Policy Institute: Harvard University - Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, Youth and Families


Quarantine has shown lasting negative impacts on youth mental health. In the (micro) short term, mandatory confinement has raised levels of irritability, anger, confusion, frustration, loneliness, denial, and despair. In the (macro) long term, forced or mandated quarantine has been shown to produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children.


Peer support at this developmental stage is crucial, and the mandated lockdowns and social isolation has significantly increased cases of depression and anxiety (with duration of loneliness as the factor most strongly associated with anxiety). The forced isolation has also seen cases with suicidal ideation, self- harm, and eating disorder risk behaviors increase in some states up to 60%. Notably, social isolation may have long-term effects on mental health and has been associated with mental health problems up to nine years later.


US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (March 2021) PubMed Central® (PMC) - COVID-19 pandemic impact on children and adolescents' mental health: Biological, environmental, and social factors.


Spatial Distancing is unnatural for us. This particular moment we are facing an unprecedented global situation with numerous idiosyncratic factors. People are being affected in multifaceted ways, having their physical, psychological and emotional well-being compromised, along with compounding social and economic problems (Esterwood and Saeed, 2020). The heterogeneity and plurality of biopsychosocial stressors bring a multifactorial approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, which leads to unpredictable consequences on the mental and emotional health of vulnerable populations such as children and adolescents.


Crisis of Mandated Social Isolation: Chronic Stress and Neuro-Inflammation - High Fat Diet from Chronic Stress, Depression, Weakening the Immune System - Negative and Self-Harm Social Behaviors - Elevated Levels of Domestic Violence and Child-Abuse.


Unfortunately, because of quarantine, children are not allowed to play in outdoor areas and explore unstructured play. This means that we are switching from the “play-outside mode” to the “play-indoor mode”, which includes spending more time on the screen. The negative impact of media and technology use was analyzed in children (aged 4–8), preteens (9–12), and teenagers (13–18). It seems that increasing the screen time use correlates positively with unhealthy eating, lack of physical exercise, more total ill-being as well as attention and physical problems (Rosen et al., 2014). A meta-analysis review showed a negative correlation between the amount of screen use and language development in younger children. However, if exposed to better quality content with an educational bias, the use of screens can be beneficial for children's language in an age-dependent manner (Madigan et al., 2020).


National Review - CDC: Teen Suicide Attempts Surged During COVID Lockdown

The percentage of teenagers hospitalized for suspected suicide attempts surged during the COVID-19 lockdowns.


A recently released CDC study showed that female adolescents ages 12 through 17 visited the emergency department (ED) for suicide attempts between February and March of 2021 at a nearly 51 percent higher rate compared to the same time frame in 2019 before the COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders forced businesses and schools to close due to plummeting consumer demand and mandatory safety precaution.


For a short period between March and April of 2020, ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among people ages 12 through 25 declined but then began to shoot up again during the summer of 2020. Between July and August, CDC researchers found that suspected suicide attempts rose over 26 percent among girls ages 12 through 17.


According to the CDC, among the factors contributing to the alarming trend are COVID-mitigation measures that have proven to be socially isolating, including “physical distancing,” “a lack of connectedness to schools, teachers, and peers,” “barriers to mental health treatment,” “increases in substance use,” and “anxiety about family health and economic problems.” The study noted that mental-health cases have spiked over the pandemic, suggesting they may be a function of children spending more time at home due to the lockdowns as well.


In July 2020, former CDC director Robert Redfield noticed the mental-health crisis among young people and argued that lockdowns were disproportionately affecting that age demographic.


“There has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools. We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID,” Redfield said.



Genesis 2:18

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Romans 12:15-18

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

A key emphasis of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church is joint and open participation in living out—and living for—the gospel of Christ. The meaning here is active and integrated relationships among the believers. The draw? The pull? The connector? The unity of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Paul and the Philippian believers are partners and co-participants linked by the Gospel. Unity for the sake of the gospel.


Philippians 1:3–6

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Clearly noticeable in the first three chapters is the recurring theme articulated in the word “fellowship” or “participation” (koinōnia), the passage includes the active tense “shared fellowship or participation” (synkoinōneō).


A Study of Two Ancient Words

When the ancient Hebrew would refer back in oral tradition to tell the stories of the great salvation and exodus of their people there were two words most often used in re-telling of God's covenant deliverance from Egyptian captivity. Those two words were Mitzrayim and Yeshua. Understanding why and the meaning of how these words were prominent is entirely relevant to current and present day circumstances.


The Hebrew root word Mitz-ra-yim, meaning; to close off, to shut off or to limit. Other Hebraic sources claim the etymology of the word Mitzrayim means; to bind, tie up, to be restricted, narrow, or tightly restrained.


Most all Hebraic commentators agree that Mitz-ra-yim, the word, represents hardship, distress, oppression, a narrow or restricted place.


The ancient Hebrew people also used the word Mitzrayim to describe their captivity and exodus from Egypt.


The Hebrew root word Yeshua, meaning; salvation; open path or open pathway to salvation


In biblical Hebrew, a name of a person or town was more than just a unique identifying title. It spoke of their calling or destiny.


The name of Jesus – which in Hebrew is Yeshua - salvation. Yeshua, Jesus, Messiah, was God’s promise of salvation - open to all the world. Not isolated, closed, shut off or shut down - open to all who believe.


Thousands of years before Jesus - Yeshua came to openly bring salvation to all the ancient Hebrew people would also use the word Yeshua in reference to their salvation from closed and restricted bondage to He was the Messiah foretold through the nation of Israel and the Hebrew culture. Yet, when we study the New Testament, we often miss some treasures connected to His wonderful name.




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