The Two Covid Camps and What They Tend to Reveal
Generally speaking, there are two basic “camps” in response to the ongoing Covid situation. For lack of better terms, I refer to these as the “Liberty Camp” and the “Cautious Camp.” Unfortunately, these camps have solidified over the past year into polarized groups. What’s interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of ground in between. After all, we are tribal by nature, and find that the middle is not a comfortable place to be!
Those in the “Cautious Camp” certainly believe in the need to protect individual liberties. Yet, with regard to Covid, they are generally more concerned about health issues, and being cautious in most situations. Their mantra is “follow the science.” The irony is that “the science” is often in flux and anything but consistent. To be fair, many in this “camp” have loved ones who are especially vulnerable when it comes to health issues, or who have been very sick with Covid. Personally speaking, we’ve had several in our own family who’ve been hit hard (health wise) by Covid this past year. It can be traumatizing.
Those in the “Liberty Camp” certainly believe in the reality of the Covid virus. While they believe that the health risks have been exaggerated, they are generally more concerned about the liberty issues and the loss of personal freedoms. Their mantra is “give us our liberties.” The irony is that many of our liberties are actually not at stake. To be fair, some in this camp have loved ones who have been hit hard by government restrictions. Personally speaking, we’ve had several in our own family who’ve been hit hard (financially) by Covid this past year. It can be traumatizing.
Obviously, not everyone is fully in one camp or the other, but the fault lines are fairly obvious as you listen to people talk and interact with one another—and there are clearly factors that end up nudging someone toward one camp or the other. But I also believe that there is another factor, something much deeper, that helps determine with which “COVID camp” we tend to align.
What is it, you ask? Issues of the heart. Times of uncertainty tend to surface heart issues that have been quietly simmering below the surface, perhaps for years. For example, those who are prone to struggle with issues of self-righteousness, pride and authority often “tend” to end up in the Liberty Camp—even in spite of the evidence at times. Likewise, those who are prone to struggle with issues of fear, anxiety and worry often “tend” to end up in the Cautious Camp—even in spite of the evidence at times. There are obviously exceptions to the above, but I think my theory holds true more often than not. And let’s be honest…we all look for data that backs up our current convictions.
What’s the solution? I’m not sure. The only thing I keep telling myself is to stay alert, listen to informed opinions on all sides of the issue, seek wisdom from people I trust, and ask God to help me make a wise choice. After all, there are things that are worse than being in the “right” or “wrong” camp—things such as disobeying God, caving into pride or fear, and becoming a divisive person in the body of Christ.