COVID-19 and Nazi Propaganda

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COVID-19 and Nazi Propaganda

By |2020-04-22T22:37:42+00:00April 19th, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

As I walked into a food store yesterday, I encountered a sign claiming that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is going to require face masks on all customers, starting today. In other words, I am going to be denied access to basic food and provisions unless I bow down and support the narrative that a killer pandemic is sweeping the nation.

I’ve thought and prayed about it, and at the moment I don’t actually have a moral objection to wearing a face mask. Neither do I lack the resources; my Aunt Sandy was gracious enough to make me one a couple weeks back.

But I don’t like the message it sends to other customers, the legitimacy that it gives to COVID-19 propaganda. Yesterday as I walked into the store, a girl actually stopped me, shouting back outside to her friends, “See, he’s not wearing a face mask!” She then took off her own mask and said to me, “You and I are in this together.” It made me smile, knowing my small protest had actually made a difference in someone’s life. Refusing to wear the mask has value, in that it encourages others to also respond in correct proportion to the severity of the disease, rather than in irrational fear.

The mask is a symbol of fear that reinforces the narrative being put forward by the civil government, and it is now being used to control our ability to buy and sell. This is certainly not the mark of the beast spoken of by the apostle John (Rev 13:16-17), but it is similar in that it strengthen’s the government’s control over the economy, both on a national level, and even invading the individual’s buying choices. As a result, while we have opportunity to do so, I think there is good value in resisting the civil government to keep it in check, like our forefathers, insofar as we are able.

COVID-19 and Nazi Propaganda

“Oh silly Nate, can’t you just wear the mask?” says the objector. “The government is just trying to protect everyone! Even if it is a hoax, Romans 13 says you should always obey the government, even the really bad ones.”

Two of the key questions regarding our response to COVID-19 is how much we trust that our government actually cares about human life, and whether or not they are sinning in the use or abuse of their authority. It is admittedly difficult to know how to respond, due to the sheer amount of propaganda (whether true or not) that is being leveraged to shape the public’s reaction to this virus; it can be difficult to sort out what is true and what is false.

As a rule of thumb, I find it’s helpful to recognize that we are presently living in the midst of Nazi Germany, or rather a government that is very similar to it. Once we remember that the government has perpetrated the mass murder of over 60,000,000 children through abortion (more than 5 times the death toll of Nazi Germany), we can learn a few lessons from history, and thereby gain a healthy skepticism any time the civil government claims to be protecting American lives.

The American Holocaust Museum said the following about Nazi use of disease to manipulate German Christians and Jews:

A recurrent theme in Nazi antisemitic propaganda was that Jews spread diseases.

To prevent non-Jews from attempting to enter the ghettos and from seeing the condition of daily life there for themselves, German authorities posted quarantine signs at the entrances, warning of the danger of contagious disease. Since inadequate sanitation and water supplies coupled with starvation rations quickly undermined the health of the Jews in the ghettos, these warnings became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as typhus and other infectious diseases ravaged ghetto populations. Subsequent Nazi propaganda utilized these man-made epidemics to justify isolating the “filthy” Jews from the larger population.

Holocaust Encyclopedia: Deceiving the Public

Published in German-occupied Poland, March 1941. The caption reads, “Jews are lice; They cause typhus.” This German-published propaganda poster was intended to instill fear of Jews among Christian Poles.

Pennsylvania murders about 30,000 preborn children every year, in death camps disguised as medical clinics. These are not deaths from a disease; they are premeditated manslaughter, protected and facilitated by the civil government’s legislation, propaganda and funding.

So when the US and PA civil governments institute radical, fear-inducing policy changes that strengthen its grip over our ability to buy and sell — and when it is done under the guise of “protecting Pennsylvanian lives” — I find this to be a somewhat shallow claim. That doesn’t mean that I have the right or duty to resist the government in this mandate — that’s a different question. However it should certainly erode some of the blind confidence that Christians have in the government today, and give us a healthy suspicion that leads us to reprove our civil leaders, like John the Baptist or Jesus.

Should I Obey?

Romans 13 is often cited by pastors today as a command to always obey the civil government — until and unless you are commanded to sin. Wearing a mask isn’t a sin, so following this logic, we should do it, even if we don’t like the effect it brings.

The question I’ve been grappling with however is if as a Christian I am permitted to resist a non-sinful command if the civil government is issuing it outside its bounds of authority.

For example, the Federal government today regularly does all kinds of things outside of its constitutional authority. All authority rests in the individual states, except a small number of areas delegated to foreign policy and similar areas. So when the federal government issues commands related to COVID-19, do I need to follow them if they don’t have the authority to give them? It would be comparable to a parent being required to give a child candy if so commanded by the child. Is the parent required to give the candy? No, because the child does not have authority to issue that command. Neither do we have to obey federal commands which are without force. As Thomas Jefferson said,

…They constituted a General Government for special purposes, — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.
Kentucky Resolution, often cited in response to the Fugitive Slave Act

Taking the logic a step further, Romans 13 says that civil governments receive their authority entirely from God (whether they recognize it or not). God did not however give them universal authority to do anything they like; rather they have authority only to do good to their constituents, and punish those who do evil.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God… 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. (Rom 13:1, 4)

The implication of Romans 13 (as well as the example of godly men throughout scripture who resisted evil authority) is that the civil government only has authority insofar as it is doing good and punishing evil, according to God’s standard of right and wrong. When they act outside that limited scope of authority, they are acting outside of God’s authority, and therefore their commands are “unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

As a result, if governments are commanding people to wear masks, and if it can be demonstrated that the command is an act outside of God’s delegated authority, then Christians can choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask — the government’s opinion is irrelevant.

Authority To Quarantine

In God’s model form of civil government, we do see that He gives governments the right to quarantine sick people. Leviticus 13-14 develops the basic principles governing how the authorities should quarantine people with disease, exemplified specifically in various skin diseases. Of note is the fact that the sick person (or a person suspected of sickness) is the one who should be quarantined and kept separate from the rest of the people. The government was never given authority to quarantine the entire populace, destroying the lives and livelihoods of healthy individuals; such actions are therefore void and of no force.

Moreover, I can’t find any evidence that the civil government has authority to control the buying and selling of goods outside of ensuring justice in those areas. It’s been a while since I’ve worked through the Torah, so I could be missing something, but insofar as I can see in scripture, the Pennsylvania civil government has no authority to require healthy constituents to wear a mask on their faces in order to buy basic food provisions.

So biblically speaking, this doesn’t seem to be an area where Christians need to obey the civil government; it is acting arbitrarily, outside the authority that God has given to it. Because I suspect the civil government is using the mask to reinforce its fear-mongering claims concerning COVID-19, and because there is zero reason to trust that our secular civil government actually cares about human life, I am going to see how far I can get in refusing to comply, and encourage my fellow Christians to do likewise.

How important is this? I may end up wearing the mask one day; it isn’t a sin. But I’m willing to fast a few days, if in doing so I can help Christians to think biblically about blind obedience to unlawful civil authority, and remind people that we should probably resist negotiating with terrorists, even when they are found in our own civil government and news outlets.

Terrorism [is] the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
FBI definition of terrorism

Comparative US Death Toll*
  • COVID-19: 22,000 – 35,000 deaths

  • Flu: 24,000 – 62,000 deaths

  • Abortion: 1,500,000+ deaths

Sources*

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