Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor -- The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

by State Representative Spencer Roach

In 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly expressed their desire for a safe and accessible medical marijuana program, and I am fighting to preserve the medical nature of the program that voters demanded. 

What we have now is a recreational drug program masquerading as a medical marijuana program, and the long-term societal carnage attendant with unfettered access to high-potency THC demands legislative action.  That’s why I filed HB 1455.

THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana that produces the ‘high’ which, like other narcotics, causes cognitive impairment, deterioration of motor skills, and euphoria.  THC is highly addictive and many studies indicate a strong association with first-episode and chronic psychosis from frequent use of high-potency THC. 

Perhaps more alarming are the effects on brain development in children:  impaired brain function, high probability of graduating to other ‘hard’ drugs, impairments in learning and IQ reduction, and earlier onset of schizophrenia.

Letter to the Editor -- The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Opponents of the bill are quick to state that marijuana is ‘natural.’  But the THC potency in today’s marijuana is anything but – modern cannabis has been genetically engineered and chemically processed to radically increase the potency – and the high – derived from marijuana. 

An average ‘joint’ in the 1970’s contained about 3% THC.  Today, the THC in our medical program ranges from 10%-28% for flower and up to 100% for other products.

Studies indicate the medicinal value of THC in treating neuropathic pain is between 3 and 7%.  There is no credible study anywhere in the world that demonstrates a medicinal value of THC above 10%.  The limits proposed in HB 1455 limit THC potency to 10% THC on smokable marijuana and 60% for other products, with exceptions for terminally ill patients. 

Opponents argue that a potency limit would only force them to buy more marijuana to achieve the same effect; they are correct:  if they are using medical marijuana to get high, this bill makes that more difficult, which is precisely the intent.   

Of the 33 states with medical marijuana programs,  10 have potency  limits and 18 have supply limits.  Six states have both a medical marijuana program and legal recreational marijuana – strikingly,  all six have potency limits in their recreational programs. 

Letter to the Editor -- The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Florida’s Board of Medicine tracks physician certifications for medical marijuana.  In a haunting mirror image of the Opioid Epidemic, we are seeing a startling increase in certifications (this is the term of art for prescriptions, since no doctor can legally prescribe a non-FDA approved drug) by very few doctors.  This year, 71% of certifications were issued by just 12% of physicians. 

Even more alarming statistic is the amount of marijuana doctors are certifying.  The top marijuana doctor in Florida is issuing 142,889 mg per day – PER PATIENT!  To put that in perspective, that would be the equivalent of taking 30 bottles of Tylenol per day.  That’s over 4 million milligrams a month.  It is physically impossible for a human being to ingest that daily dosage, which leaves us to wonder where these drugs are going? 

Letter to the Editor -- The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Well-heeled marijuana lobbyists like to say that using marijuana prevents opioid abuse, but the opposite is true.  Studies indicate that medical marijuana users have twice the risk for prescription opioid abuse compared to non-users. 

A 2019 study found a 23% increase in opioid deaths for those who use medical marijuana.  Big Marijuana – much like Big Pharma in days’ past – puts profits before the safety of patients. 

The doctors, manufacturers and patients abusing this program are doing so for two reasons – to get rich and to get high – not as medicine.  The consequences of unlimited access to high potency THC are a greater high, increased tolerance, more addiction, more users, and of course – more profits.  We have seen this movie before in Florida, and we know how it ends.  We do not need a sequel. 

Letter to the Editor -- The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Florida legislators acted too late in response to the opioid crisis. We have a responsibility to act now, and an opportunity to act before it’s too late. 

Spencer Roach represents Florida’s 79th House District, which includes unincorporated Lee County.  He was first elected in 2018 and is serving his 2nd term in the Florida House. 

Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor — Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

By Sean D. Hartman

At a recent meeting of the Lee County Republican Liberty Caucus, one of the board members proclaimed that it was our duty as caucus members to hold the Republicans we elect to office accountable. 

It is for this reason that I reluctantly write this critique.  Because, right now our Republican legislators, who pledged to support and defend liberty, are proposing legislation that will give them more power over our lives.

Though there are quite a few big government proposals coming out of the Tallahassee swamp, I specifically want to speak about the anti-pot legislation being touted by, amongst others, our very own Representative Spencer Roach. 

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

Roach and other Republicans in Tallahassee—let’s call them Big Government Conservatives—believe that the government knows better than your doctor on what to prescribe to you.  They want to limit key components of a medicine used by millions of veterans and Floridians with special needs, including myself.

It’s disappointing that we elect these candidates who pledge to reduce the size and scope of government, yet they turn around and stab us in the back with these blatant power grabs.  At least a Democrat will have the integrity to look you in the eye when they take away your freedoms.

These Big Government Conservatives argue that the chemical they are reducing is the psychoactive chemical, and Roach recently posted on Facebook about “marijuana addiction.”  To be clear, cannabis can be psychologically addictive—much like gambling or video games—but, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it is not chemically addictive.  Furthermore, such an addiction is only a dependence, which is different than other drug addictions as it is less severe.

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

But more importantly, even if it is addictive, and if the chemical is concerning, then isn’t the answer more personal responsibility, not more government?  It seems these Big Government Conservatives don’t trust Floridians to know better.  I didn’t vote a Republican slate for them to deliver a nanny state.  If I wanted that, I would have voted blue.

In fact, if Big Government Conservatives visited a cannabis dispensary, they would find most patients quite knowledgeable of products.  Those individuals who experience negative effects from the chemical Roach is proposing to ban purposefully avoid it.  Marijuana patients are well-informed about what they are putting into their body and are already consuming their medicine responsibly.  They don’t need bureaucrats in Tallahassee to get involved.

Roach and Big Government Conservatives are claiming this is for safety.  And, as we all know, sacrificing liberty for safety is always a good thing.  But if these Big Government Conservatives are so concerned about safety, why not limit the alcohol in beer and wine? 

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

Alcohol is responsible for an estimated 95,000 deaths a year, according to the National Institutes of Health, and is the third leading cause of death in the United States.   And those deaths aren’t just consumers…that includes innocent lives mowed down by drunk drivers, or family members murdered by inebriated abusers.

Yet Roach has no plans to limit alcohol content in this dangerous, mind-altering substance. 

Roach has been advertising constantly on Fox Radio about the importance of conservative governance.  “The redder the state, the better the state,” his ad says, and I agree! 

But instead of limiting Florida’s government, he is adding more regulations on veterans and Floridians with special needs, simply because he can. 

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

And that’s where I want to conclude.  Because this anti-pot, anti-liberty legislation hurts real people.  It hurts veterans, who Roach is essentially saying cannot wisely make decisions on what medicinal marijuana products to consume.  It hurts Floridians with special needs who need this medication to live independent and productive lives.  And it hurts them due to outdated propaganda and a lack of understanding of cannabis or the plight of those with mental health conditions.

I implore Spencer Roach, and the entire Lee County delegation, to withdraw this anti-liberty legislation, and do what we elected you to do, which was to LIMIT GOVERNMENT.

Letter to the Editor -- Big Government Conservatives Propose Anti-Pot Legislation

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Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor — Bullying is not winning

Letter to the Editor -- Bullying is not winning

By Sean David Hartman

Before I begin, let me state for full transparency that I am a friend and supporter of Byron Donalds.  Byron Donalds’ first Congressional campaign was my first time in the arena.  He believed in an 18-year-old autistic nobody and he is the reason why I am so involved today in politics, fighting for our neurodiverse community here in Lee County. 

But I also want to be clear that I liked and respected Dr. Banyai up until recently.  I had what I thought were productive conversations with her on LinkedIn, and I spoke to Anna Eskamani about endorsing her.  Anna, for those who don’t know, is an Orlando State Representative and a progressive firebrand who, to put it bluntly, is the biggest threat to Governor DeSantis’ reelection campaign. 

I wanted Dr. Banyai to win her primary against Dr. Holden, and was honestly considering voting for her if the nominee was Askar or Dr. Fig.  I was thoroughly impressed with her intellect and her spirit, and I think every conservative should be, too.

In fact, I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am in having to write this.  Southwest Florida has something quite unique.  We have an intelligent progressive and an intelligent conservative engaging in Lincoln-Douglas debates about the issues facing our communities.  This is an actual debate of ideas, a clash of ideologies.  I have been “geaking out” about this since both won their respective primaries.

Letter to the Editor -- Bullying is not winning

Yet my geekiness faded on Thursday when I saw a social media post Dr. Banyai made where she—and I use this word because it describes what she did perfectly—cyberbullied some “fake news” protesters.  The protesters were outside Waterman Broadcasting, and in its midst was a man in a Trump costume, wearing a sleeveless American flag suit.

It was here that Dr. Banyai, the progressive intellectual who I have come to greatly respect for bringing some fight to the Democratic Party, chose to ridicule this individual, stating that she hopes he won a costume contest and that he could use the $100 prize to buy some sleeves.  She then posted on Facebook, stating “I’m just over here winning on Twitter today.”

This individual, by the way, would be one of the people Dr. Banyai will be representing, should she have the honor of serving Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

Let me be clear…BULLYING IS NOT WINNING.

Now, I assume some people will see this and think it’s not a big deal.  I would have to assume none of these people have been victims of bullying.  Bullying comes in all forms.  It does need to be big and grandiose—though I would argue publicly insulting a person on two social media platforms is just that—minor insults and jabs can be just as effective.  The term “micro-aggression” comes to mind. 

My point is that just because it does not seem like it is bullying to you does not mean it isn’t to the victim.

Letter to the Editor -- Bullying is not winning

And I have been a victim of bullying.  I have been a victim of bullying my entire life.  I’ve been insulted for my appearance, been called a parasite, ridiculed for my “stimming,” not by children, but by professional adults.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attempted suicide, but it’s in the double digits. 

Thankfully bullies made me stronger, and God protected me from myself every time I tried to take my own life.  But there are so many other people, both on and off the autism spectrum, who experience it, and it affects them emotionally, psychologically, and physically.  That is why I needed to write this—because bullying is wrong, and it really shouldn’t have to be said to an FGCU professor.

I will openly and publicly say that President Trump is a bully when he campaigns.  And I do not like it, and I will not hide my opinions on it.  Bullying is wrong, even when it’s done by the President, full stop.

So, let me be clear on this analogy…Dr. Cindy Banyai and President Trump are both bullies.  Dr. Cindy Banyai is behaving just like President Trump behaves.  Dr. Cindy Banyai, right now, is more like President Trump than Byron Donalds.

Letter to the Editor -- Bullying is not winning

What’s interesting is Dr. Banyai expressed her concerns about media fairness with her first debate with Byron.  She denoted the lack of coverage for her or her opponent, and I would argue even now there’s not coverage just of her campaign.  If this is the only media piece about her that doesn’t cover the debates, that’s sad, and it validates the concerns of those protesters.

Dr. Banyai is running to serve her community.  Those protesters, and that Trump cosplayer, are both members of that community.  They will be her bosses, they will be who she represents, should she win.  Why insult them?  Why not try to understand them?  Listen to their concerns?  After all, she wants their vote, right?

I had the opportunity to address the issue in Dr. Banyai’s comment section.  I respectfully asked her not to campaign this way.  If Byron campaigned this way, I would chastise him publicly as well.  Byron, if you are reading this, don’t make me chastise you publicly!

So, I am asking Dr. Banyai, publicly as well, to pledge not to campaign this way.  Please do not insult the voters.  Don’t be like President Trump.  You need to go high, but you are going low.

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Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor — Amendment 2 hurts YOU

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU
Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU

Over the past six months, sales at our family-owned restaurant, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon, have dropped by double digits because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, if Ballot Amendment 2 passes in November with a $15 mandatory minimum wage hike, it could put my employees out of work and me out of business for good.

This disastrous ballot amendment will only stall our economic recovery in Southwest Florida, and all across our state. Employees at restaurants like mine will be paid $15 an hour, from part-time students at FGCU to folks who have decades of experience in the industry.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU

Most small businesses of any kind cannot support this kind of hit. I know mine can’t because we’ve already done the math. In the first year, it would cost my business an additional $86,000 to change the pay of our workers. Each year after, the costs would continue ballooning, and in five years it would be an additional $354,000 for payroll.

For our business, like so many others I have spoken to, that translates directly into job losses. We cannot afford to cover a mandated exponential growth in payroll without trimming costs and raising prices. We’ll most likely have to cut employees.

If we can’t make ends meet, we’ll be forced to shut our doors. We’ve been in business for more than 25 years. The last thing we want to do is let down our employees and our customers.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU

Ballot Amendment 2 will be on your ballot in November, and I — along with my workers — encourage you to vote no. The math just does not make sense, especially while so many small and family-owned businesses are already struggling.

We know dozens of restaurants in Southwest Florida have already closed because of COVID, and this would wipe out dozens, if not hundreds, more.

Not only will we be forced to cut staff and cut hours to make ends meet, businesses will also have to raise prices. That means your dollar just won’t go as far. I worry about my customers who can’t afford to pay more for their meal. Going out to eat is a treat for so many seniors in Southwest Florida living on a fixed income, and if prices go up — as they will — seniors will not be able to afford a meal out a couple times a week.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU

In other cities across the nation, where governments implemented a huge mandatory wage hike like this one, it hurt the very employees it was supposed to help. Most tipped employees make far more than $15 an hour, and they will be taking home less money at the end of the day if this passes.

In Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., many business owners introduced a service charge to help meet the rising costs of payroll. With the added service charge, customers stopped tipping. And without tips, those employees lost revenue they counted on. What’s more, many businesses closed, and thousands of employees were left without a job completely.

This is going to negatively impact the people that this amendment says it is going to help. It is bad for owners, bad for workers and bad for our customers. It’s just plain bad for business. It scares me to know how many businesses across our region will close, and how many individuals will lose good-paying jobs that support their families.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 2 hurts YOU

I’m going to the polls in November, and I am going to vote no on Ballot Amendment 2. My employees also understand the risks and plan to vote no. Please join us, and support small businesses and our employees who will be the ones hurting the most as businesses shut down. Vote no on Ballot Amendment 2. 

Jay Johnson is the owner of Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon in Cape Coral.

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Letter to the Editor — Amendment 3

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 3

AMENDMENT 3 WILL HELP REPUBLICANS

Recently, I had the opportunity to get into a bit of a debate with local party leadership concerning Amendment 3, known as the All Voters Vote amendment.  It was engaging and respectful, which is rare these days, but it made me realize that Republicans have misguided concerns that I wish to address.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 3

Amendment 3, for those unaware, would create a blanket primary for state elections.  This would mean that Democrats and Republicans would be placed on the same primary ballot, and the top two vote getters will succeed to the general election, regardless of party.

Republicans have legitimate concerns.  In Southwest Florida, the Republican nominee is virtually guaranteed a victory, meaning that in the Republican primary we can choose the most conservative candidate for the job.  A blanket primary would theoretically open up elections to RINOs.  It could also create a general election situation to a two Democrat race, giving conservatives no option.

But these concerns are just that…theoretical.   And while most will argue on behalf of Amendment 3 in opposition to party politics, I would submit to you today that in fact Amendment 3 greatly benefits one party…the Republican Party!

Let’s look at reality for one moment.  Here in Southwest Florida, most of our state legislative races—which this amendment would affect—had two Republicans in the primary, both facing off against a Democrat.  In these situations, who can doubt, knowing our area, that the results would be two Republicans in the General Election?

In fact, I would go so far as to say that Amendment 3 will lead to the extinction of the Lee County Democratic Party.  They will lose every primary because of how strong our conservative base is, and how strong our Republican candidates are and continue to be.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 3

Now, some may argue that there is a larger risk for RINOs and the political class to come in and take advantage of it.  But what they are describing is the current issue within the party.  We do have RINOs in our midst, and if you don’t believe political consultants aren’t enjoying the status quo, I would like to point to the recent Republican Primaries in District 19, which were the most expensive in the state.  This won’t change with a blanket primary.  It will, in fact, make the consultants’ jobs harder.  

I would also argue that opening the primaries would lead to more conservative candidates.  As any political consultant worth their salt will tell you, Independents in Lee County outnumber registered Democrats.  You may think these Independents are more centrist or left-leaning, but it’s more likely than not that they are conservative, possibly even more so than the Republican Party.  A lot of conservatives have left the GOP disappointed with the party elites, but are still holding true to the values that make up the core of the party.  These voters will now be able to vote in the primary and vote for the more conservative candidate.

But let’s take this further, because obviously Southwest Florida is just one region, and this is a statewide amendment.  What happens in a Governor’s race?  Would we end up with two Democrats and no choice?

I would argue no, and to prove my point, I would like to provide the entire Democratic Party as Exhibit A.

Letter to the Editor -- Amendment 3

Look at who the Democrats have become.  Joe Biden, once a reasonable, centrist candidate, has been coopted by radical leftists and anti-cop socialists.  This is the future of their party.  Even the most moderate Republican would be better than what the Democrats can bring up.

There is going to be a lot of propaganda involved with Amendment 3 from both parties.  They are concerned that doing so will relinquish their ability to win.  I am here to tell you that there is only one party this hurts, and that is the radical Democratic Party, whose far-left policies will never win statewide.

Sincerely, Sean David Hartman

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Letter to the Editor — The Fight to Save Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

Letter to the Editor: Corona Revelation

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation
Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

For the last couple of years, a few Christian men and I have gotten together on Tuesday mornings for coffee. Because of the Coronavirus, our coffee shop of choice had to close its doors, so we curtailed that tradition for a while. But feeling the tug to start again, we’ve been meeting outside in the courtyard of a condo complex. Oh, the neighborhood contact-tracers needn’t be concerned, we keep a reasonable distance and limit our gathering to under ten. If he’s lucky, Roger may get his chance to attend next week, as we plan to go to a lottery system.

This Coronavirus, or covid 19, is always a hot topic at these gatherings, as well as the quality of the doughnuts, but last week one of the guys shared the bottom line of a sermon he heard. “Why Christians ought not have any fear of Corona.” I moved to the edge of my chair in anticipation of a bold statement of faith, a nugget of truth I could add to my bag of spiritual gems. But the preacher’s point was not what I’d hoped for. He said, “Christians shouldn’t fear Corona because we’re all going to heaven anyway. And besides that, God has given us the wisdom to stay away from potentially dangerous situations.”

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

I deflated back in my seat like a popped pool float as the stark reality swept over me. We’ve forgotten the benefits of being children of God. On the surface, and I mean with no digging whatsoever, his conclusion might seem reasonable, but hardly representative of the victorious life Jesus died to give us.

If going to Heaven was all there was to Christianity, the best thing we could do after accepting Christ as our Savior would be to blow our brains out so as to not have to deal with the slings and arrows of this outrageous world. I contend that this is not what Jesus had in mind for his followers.

To be honest, at first, I, too, was carried away with the logic behind social distancing, masks, and surgical gloves. I was focused on prevention. All my thoughts were geared toward safety first! Like a responsible and obedient citizen, I heeded the professionals, selflessly hibernating from my friends ‘til the angel of death had passed. Wandering from room to room, I’d occupy my days humming old familiar tunes, often adapting the lyrics to our current situation.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

“Gonna need an ocean of Purell lotion,” for example. I had become Howard Hughes, alone, naked, amid stacks of tissue boxes, and horded Charmin, slowly spelling out “Q U A R A N T I N E.” Hughes was no longer a paranoid eccentric, as depicted in “The Aviator,” to be looked upon with pity despite his billions. To me, he had become the voice of reason. Why, he could be the poster child for covid 19!

When I was compelled to venture from my burrow for food or TP, I’d don all my clinical apparel and screw up the courage to drive to the nearest Publix. I entered cautiously, watching my fellow shoppers with suspicious eyes, judging their masks, on a scale from one to ten, for style, innovation and proper fit. I’d anonymously report non-compliant activities to the CDC hot line.

The audacity of some people, going the wrong way down a clearly marked one-way aisle! I’d bristle at indecisive shoppers, blocking the flow of traffic like a chrome-cart beaver dam. Sheesh! Rest assured, the store’s suggestion box currently holds several of my ideas, including blueprints for a passing lane, critical for getting around “old folks” notorious for being dangerously slow behind the buggy.

Once in the check-out line, I no longer paid attention to Angelina and Brad’s divorce (something I never thought I’d do) but rather, my thoughts now gravitated toward more important issues like who, if anyone, was in charge of sanitizing the yellow sticks that separated my groceries from the person in front of and behind me.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

Stoic, but with a Christian smile, I’d politely wait six feet away, while scrutinizing the almost certainly contaminated cashier as she rang up each item. I stared in silent horror as the bag-boy fondled every product he bagged. And don’t even get me started on the credit card keypad, no doubt teaming with the dreaded virus.

With a creepy-crawly feeling under my clothes, as though I had just escaped an ant farm, I squinted my way from the store to my car, blinded by the intense Florida sunshine. I’d resist the urge to shield my eyes, scratch my nose, or put on the sunglasses hanging from my T-shirt collar, for fear I had inadvertently touched the same can of peas some Corona Mary had handled and thoughtlessly placed back on the shelf.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

I was addicted to the daily briefings on the tube. I was well aware of the charts and graphs that showed extreme heat kills the virus. So after opening the car door with my foot, I’d sit in my oven-like vehicle and bake for a full two minutes, confident that the same leather griddle that was searing my backside (literally and audibly) was also roasting any bugs attempting to hitch a ride.

As I sat there, slow-roasting, I’d begin the over-kill process of lathering-up every square inch of exposed skin with the contents from my tackle-box of antiseptics and PPE paraphernalia, painstakingly sterilizing each plastic grocery sack and its contents, the steering wheel, gear shift and the legs of my sunglasses, before digging into my pocket for my keys, which I then dipped in a mason jar of isopropyl alcohol, all the while thanking God for Joseph Lister.

It was during one of these routine disinfecting sessions that I had a Jerry McGuire moment. You know, where he had an epiphany and wrote the twenty-page memo that got him fired. Well, my revelation was much shorter, yet it, too, will probably get me fired, or at least banned from civilized society. My epiphany was simply this: Jesus wouldn’t wear a mask. He didn’t place his faith in Chlorox wipes. He didn’t trust in Purell or have a panic attack when his bottle of was getting low. Jesus was thronged by all sorts of contagious folks every day. (lepers!) And He healed them all with a touch of his gloveless hand. He had no fear of disease. Why should Christians?

But, blurting that out at our coffee clutch was met with, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.” You’d have thought I was suggesting kicking a beehive, poking a sleeping grizzly, tugging on Superman’s cape, or throwing myself off the pinnacle of the temple and expecting the angels to bear me up. No, I was simply suggesting we believe the Bible.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

The Bible is full of miraculous stories of deliverance and divine protection. Daniel in the lion’s den; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace; and David and Goliath just to name a few. These aren’t a collection of Mother Goose-type fairy tales. It’s the book we base our eternal existence on. The time has come for believers in Christ to analyze what we really believe. And, if applicable, own up to our unbelief. Then change it!

Make no mistake, we are at war. Not just because of the Coronavirus, but because Satan is the god (little g) of this world. Corona is just one attack of the enemy; there will surely be more waves after this has passed. The church must get serious and intimately familiar with the spiritual armor and weaponry to which we have access. The helmet of Salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, whereby we are able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and the Sword of the Spirit, AKA the Word of God.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

What good is a soldier that goes to battle without his rifle, stays hunkered down in his foxhole, runs from the battle, or rolls over and gives up the ghost whenever the enemy attacks? Jesus overcame the devil’s temptation with “It is written.” In The Book of Revelation, believers overcame the devil “by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.” Problem is, most of us wait until we find ourselves in life-threatening situations before we start fumbling with our armor and trying out the sword. Often, it’s too little, too late.

Oh, I hear what you’re thinking. Stay away from that guy, he doesn’t wash his hands! So, before y’all stone me, (from a safe distance, of course) call me a science denier, turn me in to the Fauci brown shirts and have me placed in a FEMA camp, I want everyone to know that I will conform to the social norms (for your sake.) But I will also continue to grow stronger, and more resistant, as I inoculate myself daily with spiritual PPE, like Psalm 91. “No plague will come neigh my dwelling.” “A thousand shall fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come neigh me.” Or the encouragement of Isaiah, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” And the promises of Jesus Himself, who said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

I fully expect the folks at Google and Facebook to lose their minds over this, but if you’re a Christian, and have an issue with my position, if you’ve reasoned away God’s promises and his provision and replaced them with earthly (devilish) wisdom, perhaps you, too, should reevaluate just what you’re believing.

Letter to the Editor:  Corona Revelation

May I remind you, that “without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

God bless, MR

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