UNPACKING PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S NATION’S ADDRESS ON WORKING AROUND COVID-19 & EASING LOCKDOWN.

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WHEN WISDOM GIVES SHELTER

While South Africans have been waiting patiently and earnestly, waiting to hear from the President of the country on what he had thought about measures to “Curb Coronavirus Covid-19”, supposed decisions were being taken to protect our souls (Hebrews 13:17) in a meeting of the National Command Council held on the day of the address April 23, 2020.

One thing we have been subjected to as a collective, in SA, is the rude awakening that we are ought to work together. Such sentiments, regardless of what was being discussed, came through in the supposed meeting held before the address to the nation by the President, when the consultations with several stakeholders including leaders of political parties represented in Parliament was on the agenda.

Indeed the country has not been taking it easy and many have been left stranded, unable to provide themselves. We will have to choose how we want to look at the threat in our lives, which the President described as the invisible enemy threatening our lives and the lives of our loved ones. With coronavirus being a resistant virus, especially when regulations are continually not adhered to, could indeed to lead to the resurgence the President had spoken about. Indeed again, people can be limited in terms of knowledge to deal with such viral epiphanies in life, but even as Scientists have faith to tap into, they would know of what is best if allowed to do their jobs with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of advantage to us (Hebrews 13:17).

I believe both Christians, Politicians and other representations cannot avoid what could potentially be a living weapon against humanity in our time, the 21st century. Whether it is a number game, rolling out the 5G network and its bad radiation on a human’s respiratory system, collusive behaviours to terrorise communities using biological weapons or the End Time; one thing only a few would know, is that it is indeed a time that calls for widespread repentance and awakening. Be it, we are breaking away from the imbalances in our democracy or we are seeing the element of capture on a higher level, we’re definitely at a point where we have to make a sacrifice:
1. We may Phase out the first 4 stages of recovery and unlock the country, then deal with the possible and unprecedented virus behaviour.
 While the country is unlocked, more viruses may trigger and resurface, responding to current viruses. We may have to consider that people do not always adhere to regulations, especially when looking at the current Lockdown in SA, arrests have been made contrary to severe cases of the coronavirus. Particularly, South Africa will stand to lose more money to what was budgeted since the last President’s speech to the nation on April 21, 2020.
 Reference is made to an extract taken from the President Ramaphosa speech on April 23, 2020, “if the virus spreads too quickly, there are not enough hospital beds, intensive care units, ventilators, personal protection equipment or medicine for everyone who needs them. To make matters worse, people who are suffering from other conditions or need emergency procedures are unable to get the care they need. And in such circumstances, many lives that could have been saved, are lost.”

2. We may allow gradual recovery of the economy while remaining in quarantine, trusting in our leaders and continuing to watch them as watchdogs ourselves.
 While a percentage does not always represent a whole, there is still confusion in many communities with specific number of people thinking the wicked somewhere in the world are compromising the lives of the people for money and power, more than they think coronavirus actually exists.
 Such a sentiment, irrespective of representations or anything to the contrary, should not pose this unknown number of people as villains, but respect their choices as life itself has a way of controlling actions to a sovereign purpose. The disadvantage would be in being compelled to quarantine because of a differing opinion or sentiment, good or bad to those we have, and discovering that that the sooner one accepts unprecedented situations life has to reveal, the easier it becomes for nations to make the most out of every unplesantries.
 We can bargain with government, but the last say remains with the Emperor as long as they do not lead people to committing sin. The government sets rules and regulations and wise Christians may refer to the scripture in Romans 13 for wisdom and comfort, while for the sake of the Lord, being subjected to the human institutions. Romans 13:4 says, “For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer”. Clear indication that the Emperor (Government) is ordained to rule as those that exist have been instituted by God as long as your faith is not exploited leading people to sin, depriving them off their essential democracy.

Much like in Job 32:17, “I too will answer my share, I also will tell my opinion.” And thus in a democratic country, people will always have countering opinion to what they feel discomforts them whether sourced from a good place or not. Even if it was one person who died, I do not believe the Lord would be pleased with that. Therefore, a number game or not, there could be so much truth in opinions, and again those succumbing to the disease also deserved God’s mercy and sacrifices given to God on their behalf for salvation. With the world having lost 185000 lives, South Africa only lost 75 people, reminding us to look beyond the individual’s wickedness but pray to the Lord for his mediation because every life is indeed important to God - (Matthew 18:12–14) and Luke (Luke 15:3–7).

Further reference can be made to the speech;  I am reiterating these basic facts – which by now are probably familiar to many of you – because they explain the actions we have taken to date and they inform the measures I am announcing this evening.  From the moment we declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national disaster on Sunday 15 March, our objective was to delay the spread of the virus.  We have sought to avoid a massive surge in infections and an uncontrollable increase in the number of people needing medical care.

Any wise mind would decipher that the president may have always wanted to protect every life (every sheep), potentially hearing from the Holy Spirit in Act 20:28 saying, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” People need protection and justice and it is always an advantage to us for the right people who were the first to begin years ago, to lead the flock into the Promise Land because this act of kindness would have been inspired by their desires to do so – 2 Corinthians 8:10.

Biblically, God had told people to run for their lives, knowing he would still protect them (individually or collectively). In South Africa, the President Ramaphosa indicated the Emperor’s approach to leading the flock, having been based on the principles of social distancing, restriction of movement and stringent basic hygiene practices. Metaphorically, we had to run for our lives, to places of confinement, being subjected to rules and regulations for our good. Such a perspective comes through in the President’s speech, as he is quoted saying, “Together with the other measures we have taken such as closing our borders, and the changes in behaviour that each of us has made, the lockdown has slowed the progression of the pandemic in the country. On a more global scale, even the World Health Organization has commended South Africa for acting swiftly and for following scientific advice to delay the spread of the virus.”

Every leader is potentially the high priest meant to oversee other priests (officials and constituents) in a church setting or within the realms of the Emperor. The president could be taking on a high priest energy because all energies are from God and this analogy will be explained in the next article on AMF website. President together with his team of experts will have to be allowed to do their work with joy and not with groan, taking decisions in the interest of the people while showing that they do understand and as cited in the speech, “Yet, while a nation-wide lockdown is probably the most effective means to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it cannot be sustained indefinitely.”

Having faith in those elected to lead the people can potentially produce the light at the end of the tunnel of the wilderness before reaching the land God preserved. Further attestation is the President’s speech extract, “We will implement a risk adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions”, yet another clear indication that our King’s heart is like a stream of water in the hand of the Lord, turning it whenever He will – Proverbs 21:1. This very sentiment comes through even more vividly in the following extract, “We have decided on this approach because there is still much that is unknown about the rate and manner of the spread of the virus within our population.”

I would like to believe that only a President that cares, would protect those they are entrusted with overseeing without compromising them in such ways that they end up committing sin (starting wars with Somalian nations, committing hostile takeover of retail shops, robbery and even theft). As said by the President, we must avoid a rushed re-opening that could risk a spread, which would need to be followed by another hard lockdown, as has happened in other countries. The President is tasked with proving that required sacrifice and gifts as was high priests in Leviticus, and the High Priest Jesus to save his own people, the people of God.

While allowing the President to work with joy and not with groaning, we still have to be watchdogs sniffing corruptions and dishonesty and earnestly seeking to spiritually influence the President towards doing right by the people. As said many times, age is experience depending on how one has lived their life, we must trust the President will make good investments (proving necessary gifts and sacrifices – devising preventative measures, allocating budgets for unemployment benefits, advocating for those who had full-time jobs and monetarily stimulating the economy for normality amid the lockdown, etc.) towards strategies and his people’s salvation in the land.