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The siren song of lockdown


AN imaginary letter to an imaginary pastor:

Dear Pastor,

I am writing to you because I want to plead with you to begin publicly critiquing the lyrics of the lockdown song. I believe the spiritual health of your flock, the salvation of souls and the glory of Christ depends on it.

Imagine if a member of your congregation said they want a new hymn to be sung in church. What would you do? You would carefully read the hymn and check that the message it conveys is sound. You wouldn’t want your church singing a hymn to God that contained half-truths or untruths.

What if your child started listening to a song on the radio? You would listen to the lyrics and if they were deceptive and seductive (as they often are) you would help your child deconstruct the lyrics so that they might not be led astray.

I am asking you to do the same with the lyrics of the lockdown song.

They go something like this:

We are in the most unprecedented of pandemics.
It is right to be very afraid.
We must do everything in our power, whatever the cost, to save people from Covid-19.
The only tools we have to fight this battle are masks, social distancing and lockdowns.
The only salvation in this battle is the vaccine.
We are all in this together and the most loving thing we can do is obey the rules and get vaccinated.
Only then will we eventually be free.

Pastor, this song is being sung on every radio station, in every news broadcast and in your very church. But is this song sound? Is it true? Or does it contain half-truths? Is it deceptive? Is it seductive? Is it leading your flock astray?

I want to share with you a tool Satan has used across the globe to destroy societies. It is called totalitarianism. 

As the political theorist Hannah Arendt put it, totalitarianism is not the creation of an all-powerful state, but ‘the erasure of the difference between public and private life’. 

Totalitarianism was the ideology of the Nazis and the Fascists and the Communists. It led to hundreds of millions of deaths in the last century and terrible oppression and tyranny. It is a beastly, deceptive, evil, anti-Christ ideology. It is the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. It is also the ideology that underpins the CCP-inspired lockdowns. 

Here is part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica entry about totalitarianism. See if it rings true to what we are seeing:

‘The totalitarian state pursues some special goal, such as industrialisation or conquest, to the exclusion of all others. All resources are directed toward its attainment, regardless of the cost. Whatever might further the goal is supported; whatever might foil the goal is rejected. This obsession spawns an ideology that explains everything in terms of the goal, rationalising all obstacles that may arise and all forces that may contend with the state. The resulting popular support permits the state the widest latitude of action of any form of government. Any dissent is branded evil, and internal political differences are not permitted. Because pursuit of the goal is the only ideological foundation for the totalitarian state, achievement of the goal can never be acknowledged.’ 

Isn’t that what we are seeing, Pastor? Hasn’t this goal of saving us from Covid-19 become the world’s idolatrous obsession? Isn’t the song we are singing leading us to prioritise this goal over family, fellowship, worship, evangelistic outreach, livelihoods, friendship and much more? But what is this song doing to us? It’s already estimated that this song has led to a doubling of world poverty and child malnutrition. 
Unicef has predicted that two million under-five deaths could occur in just twelve months’ due to this song.

Dear Pastor, do you see what I see? I believe we are being led astray and we need to repent. Many churches have been shut all year due to this song. Most churches that are open have not sung worship songs for a year. Members have been told not to talk to one another after services. Members have been forced to cover their faces from one another. Members have been suffering from losing their livelihoods, from mental health problems and loneliness. Members have been separated from dying loved ones and then grieved alone. Yet they are encouraged to keep singing the lockdown song. Isn’t this idolatry? Isn’t this false religion in our churches?

Pastor, would you help your church see the truth? Would you help them escape from the darkness of this song?

With grateful thanks,

A Church Member

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Rowina Seidler
Rowina Seidler
Rowina Seidler is a computer science and AI graduate with an MA in religious education. She is a former teacher and current homeschooling mum. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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