It is a well-known fact that God is in the business of micromanaging the universe. The thought is captured in this beautiful hymn:
Unfortunately, some professed Christians deny and revile one of God’s greatest gifts: our rational minds, and our ability to do scientific investigation. A New York Times op-ed captures the consequences of this grievous impiety: The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals: Trump’s response to the pandemic has been haunted by the science denialism of his ultraconservative religious allies.
If God micromanages the universe, it follows as the night the day that God micromanages who gets covid-19 and who doesn’t. Thus, as the Times op-ed notes, some pastors are keeping their churches open and packed on Sundays, confidently declaring that God will protect them.
And, by like token, on a larger scale, God has the power to micromanage which countries suffer the worse outbreaks and which do not. If, today, the United States is suffering the worst ravages of the pandemic, it must because God is especially angry at the United States.
Likewise, if God starts killing congregants at megachurches that defy the pandemic and stay open for business, it follows by ineluctable logic that God is angry at them.
And what, you may well ask, would be the reason for God’s anger at the United States, and His coming decimation of the megachurches?
There can be one reason, and one reason only: divine rage at the impious denial and refusal of His greatest gift, the gift of reason.
As one of my posse remarked yesterday, “Two paths diverged in a yellow wood, and America chose the psychopath.”
And now, ladies and germs, let us all rise for our closing hymn.