The ongoing buzz and concern about the Covid virus and all the talk about “at risk” groups call for some comic relief. In the February, 2006 edition of the Reader’s Digest, Dianne Childers wrote: “I had no idea just how dire the recent [flu] vaccine shortage was last flu season — until I spotted this front-page announcement in The Oldham (Kentucky) Era: ‘The Oldham County Health Department is now scheduling flu shot appointments. To see if you qualify in one the high-risk groups being accepted, turn to the obituaries page.’ ” Wow! How serious is a vaccine shortage if you have to die to qualify for the shot?! There are always several at risk groups on the radar screens of government health organizations and the medical community. The Covid-19 virus has proven to be especially serious    for those over 70, regardless of any medical conditions. But those under 70 who have certain underlying health conditions are also at risk, including those with suppressed immune systems (whether caused by disease or treatment) and respiratory and / or lung conditions, heavy smokers, and severe diseases of body systems and organs, such as severe kidney disease that is managed with regular dialysis. People in all these at-risk groups are urged to get the vaccine and stay out of situations that make infection more likely. As with practically any other type of vaccine, some people would rather take the risk than take the vaccine.
The Bible warns about the highest-risk group of all – those at risk for death! That “at-risk-list” includes, in a word, everybody! You, me, our children, grandchildren and grandparents, our parents, our aunts and uncles, our cousins and nephews and nieces. Your boss and neighbors, the people on the pew beside you every Sunday and the preacher in the pulpit – all at risk. President Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Will Smith, Chris Rock, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods – all on the at risk for death list. Also at risk is (actress) Margot Robbie, Ellen DeGeneres, Kanye West, “Queen B” Beyonce, Barack Obama, Oprah, Gail King, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sean Hannity, Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Laura Ingraham, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert – all make the at risk to die list. The ladies on “The View,” and the likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un and all the power-hungry saber-rattlers who dominate headlines and seek to intimidate the world – all equally at risk. Also at high risk to die are your doctor and pharmacist and therapist and banker. Even the funeral home director is at risk! And everybody else. The Bible warns that if we are alive, we are at risk to die – “For it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). “The Onion” once had this headline – “World Death Rate Holding At 100%.” Romans 5:12 reminds us the universal death rate is sobering indeed – one in one, for, because of sin, “death spread to all.” Death is the highest risk we all face, and no vaccine or shot, procedure or potion on earth that can prevent it indefinitely. But wait – praise God there is One who is no longer at risk for death. Because God raised Him from the dead, Jesus Christ has the keys to the grave and death (Revelation 1:18)! He is “the resurrection and the life.” His promise is not that we won’t die, but that thorough Him we shall live again (John 1:25). Until Jesus returns, there is no risk involved – the odds are one in one – we will all
eventually die. But God’s gloriously good news is through Chris we can live again! Are you willing to risk going to the grave without Jesus? You really ought to think about that.