by Moody Adams Swine flu is in the air, but the most powerful virus pushing spreading through the world is not flu but fear. We are afraid of what we don’t know and what we don’t understand even though only a few have died from the new flu, while 35,000 a year die from the regular flu. Churches are down in attendance and changing worship habits. North Houston, Champion Forest Baptist Church put hand sanitizers all over its sprawling complex. Day care attendance is down by 40%, it has also postponed the "Lord's Supper." For Catholics in the Houston area, Sunday communion was not the same. The part of the sacrament where parishioners drink from a communal chalice would not be offered until further notice.
U.S. hog markets have been hurt as consumers scared of the flu are avoiding pig products.
Pigs scare us anyway; they are filthy, noisy creatures. Pork sales are down; even through there is no evidence pork spreads Swine flu. Three wild boars were put to sleep in Iraq's zoo because of swine flu fears, a zoo official said It was done "to break a barrier of fear" zoo visitors had developed in recent days
America's vice president said that he would advise his family to avoid going “anywhere in confined places now” like airplanes. His comments were damaging to the airline industry, and also suggest that he might have inside information about the flu’s dangers that aren’t being told to the public.
In the week after the first U.S. case, new antiviral prescriptions at pharmacies were 19 times higher than in the previous week
Global online scammers are cashing in on the swine flu fears, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday to issue a warning about bogus Internet sites selling products that claim to prevent, treat or cure 2009 H1N1 flu virus.
The keywords "swine" and "flu" are being used to direct Internet users to a Russia-based website booby trapped with a computer virus.
In the 1976 flu outbreak Gerald Ford, trying for election, ordered 40 million vaccinations over a three to four month period of time. Twelve died from the vaccine and 400 were paralyzed (by Guillain Barre Syndrome) and driving most of the vaccine makers out of business.
This is a mild picture of the fear that will stop men’s hearts prior to Christ’s return. Luke 21: 26-28 “Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
We must stay focused on how soon all our many fears will be gone and all believers will be with Jesus.