Narco Mindset Weekly Update (5) How are Christians Handling the Coronavirus? Part 1
How are Christians Handling the Coronavirus? Part 1
April 24, 2020
Host: Jorge Valdes Ph.D. - An Author, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster, and You Tuber
Narco Mindset’s Weekly Update brings you Dr. Valdes’ very unique perspective on current events.
Today Dr. Valdes talks about how Christians are doing during this time. Dr. Valdes wonders if when people meet or speak with a Christian do, they see fear or faith, do they find that we Christians have a separate peace. It does not mean that we are not careful and do foolish things. So, the question becomes if we Christian are living in fear, or are we trusting God? The way I look at it is that if we believe God and HE is not real, we lost nothing and spend our time on this earth with greater peace and hope? The questions become: are we praying our worry we are going to die? And b. Are we praying and worrying about those less fortunate than us?
Today I want to talk about how Christians are doing during this time. Is it evident to those who see us that we have a separate peace?
a. are we in fear, or are we trusting God? The way I look at it is that if we believe God and HE is not real, we lost nothing and spend our time on this earth with greater peace and hope?
b. Are we praying our worry we are going to die?
c. Are we praying and worrying about those less fortunate than us?
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INTRO: Welcome to Reflections from a Narco Mindset. Dr. Valdes examines issues we face today. We hope you will gain hope, wisdom, inspiration and truth from the secrets hidden in his ultimate narco mindset.
Jorge: Welcome to the Narco Mindset Weekly Update. Today, I want to talk to you about something that’s been deep in my mind and in my heart. When we began our podcast, I said that I was never going to evangelize, I was never going to try to convert anyone. I didn’t die for anyone, so I can’t save anyone. But I made it clear that I am a Christian. I’m not a Christian podcaster or writer or author or speaker. I happen to be a podcaster, author, writer that is a very committed Christian. So, what I’m about to say today, really, if you’re not a Christian, you’re not a believer, don’t get offended, it’s not something that’s going to hurt you. I think that it’s something that is critical.
Today, I want to talk about how Christians are doing during this time. We call ourselves followers of Christ but the question becomes, is it evident to those who see us on a daily basis or talk to us, can they tell that we have a peace that is different? I mentioned that in the bible, there are 385 mentions of the word ‘fear not’. I look back in my life as a drug lord and realize back then that I feared not, not even death. I couldn’t give a damn. I thought I was going to die every day of the week, and couldn’t care less. I lay on the floor of a Panamanian jail being tortured. I was wanting them to kill me. Then my life changed and I began to have a different perspective on life.
My life changed because I hungered to be a person at peace. I hungered to find enjoyment in my life. To find meaning. To find value. To know that I was created for something a lot different than what I had become. I hungered for all that. I hungered for, like my brother, Robin one time, the hungry years when we had nothing but we had everything. We had each other. Then, you know what, a climbed a ladder leading me to nowhere, ended up being separated from my family, my loved ones all in search of that almighty dollar, that power, that addiction.
Then I found a man that had nothing according to my worldview. Just a little car, regular house, married to the same woman for 25 years but I found a joy in him that I knew he was different. There was something about this man. He didn’t try to preach to me, convert me, take me to church. All he did was tell me when I asked about that difference in him, was to tell me that he had a personal relationship with Christ. That was weird. I was surrounded by thousands of people, I couldn’t have a personal relationship with anyone. How can anyone have a relationship with an imaginary being, someone that you can’t see and touch? But he just continued.
Never ever fought me when I tried to insult him when I tried to provoke him. He just kept that steady walk. I knew there was a peace and a joy inside this man’s heart and life that I yearned for. Something that he had no money to buy because he couldn’t afford to buy much of anything, and something that all my money, my millions could not buy. So, during this crisis here, these are the times that we really get tested. It does not mean that deep down inside we don’t do everything humanly possible we can to number one, stay healthy, number two, to provide for our families, and number three, to pray. But because once we’ve done all that we humanly possibly can ... you know, I’m not a believer that I am a Christian, I’m just going to sit there myself and wait for Jesus to take care of all my needs.
No, it doesn’t work that way. Many times, he chooses not to take care of our needs anyways. I have no idea why, and I always say that when I get to heaven, just can’t wait to have some of that new wine and have this conversation with Jesus about a lot of things that I don’t understand on this earth like why do really fine women and family just can’t have a baby and yet whores have babies in crack houses every day. You know, I’m just going to rely upon the scripture that says right now I’m looking through a very foggy glass, and one day, I’m going to see as I am seeing.
But going back to that peace, I have a few questions for us. Is it evident that people that talk to us on the phone, our children and our family find that peace? I know my children call me all the time to see how I’m doing because I’m 64, I’m at that age. I tell them that I’m fine. Number one, I’m following the guidelines given to us by the health experts. I’m staying at home. I enjoy being at home. I enjoy being with my kids, being with my wife. I adore being with my wife. I could be with her 24 hours a day. I travel now and I’ll be gone from home for one day and I’m miserable.
So, I enjoy being at home. The other day, we played Monopoly for five hours, and it reminded me when the only thing that we bought when we came from America, the first thing we bought was a Monopoly board game. We couldn’t have a radio or a record player or a television or a car, so we couldn’t go anywhere once we all got home from work. We had the Monopoly table and we would play for hours and we’d cheat and have fun and laugh, and it was a joyful time. We replay Monopoly tables now with cars, airplanes, fancy places, ball games, concerts. Sometimes, it’s time to go back to the board game. So, the way that I look at it is that we trust God.
Let’s say that God is not real. Let’s say that Jesus is not real. I’ve trusted him, so I say that anyone that’s committed a crime is a gambler besides being a selfish person because we gamble with our freedom, we gamble with the freedom of our family, the pain of our family, our loved ones. We gamble with so much, so let’s say I’m a gambler. I’m going to believe that Jesus is real. I’m going to believe two things; number one, that God permits whatever happens in the world or he ordains it. So, now I know in my heart and I pray that he did not ordain this virus but he could have stopped it because if I don’t believe that, if I don’t believe every word in the bible, I’m not going to believe any ... I’m going to tell you something if I don’t believe there’s a God ... sin is fun, I had a lot of fun.
It wasn’t rewarding, it wasn’t fulfilling and it had an enormous consequence but it was fun. If hitting my thumb with a hammer is a sin, nobody would sin. Then the question becomes how are we Christians today looking at this virus? How is our perspective changing because our life has changed for eternity? Are we trusting God that he is in control of our lives, and if we die, part of trusting God is that one day he’s going to take us home? I have a Ph.D., and my Ph.D. is in the book of Revelations, so a lot of people are just curious and love to ask me, do I know or do I think or did I read in some manuscript when Jesus was coming back, and I said really, I have no idea nor do I give a damn.
They get pretty shocked and like, you don’t give a damn? I said no because I under the belief that I have no clue when he’s coming back. Forever and ever everybody keeps saying he’s coming tomorrow, he still isn’t here but I know one thing, during my lifetime, I’m going to go see him. I live with that peace and I live with the peace that I’m going to see my father and mother again, and my loved ones because if I knew for a fact that there was no God, I’d be one miserable human being feeling that I would never see my dad again. Therefore, since I live with that peace, what happens when I get out there and it’s a big, old lie? Do you know what happens? Not a damn thing because here’s the thing, if I die and there is no heaven and there is no Jesus and there is no God, I’m in the same boat as those that didn’t believe.
Therefore, it’s not like they gained something and I lost something, no. The difference is the joy I had the years I had left on this earth believing that there is. So, in reality, if there isn’t, I have not lost anything. If there is, I’ve gained eternity. The other thing is, are we praying or are we worrying? All we can control is what we’re going to do. If we worry that we’re going to die, that’s a miserable way to be and that is having no faith at all. It’s easy to call ourselves Christians but you know, there’s a simple way to look at it is that also, we will be known by our love, and the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Therefore, during this time when people talk to us, are we in fear or are we at peace? Sure, we should be cautious. Sure, we should be concerned but I’m going to tell you what our biggest worry should be, not for us. If we have food, and if we have a roof, who gives a damn if we lose our car, that we lost our investments. Some people don’t have money to live through the week. Let’s worry about those. When we come out of this, let’s see what we can do to help all those that need help. So, we need to really think about how are we looking at the less fortunate. Have a wonderful day. God bless you and be safe.
OUTRO: We have come to the conclusion of Reflections from a Narco Mindset. We encourage you to delve deeper into the reflections presented here today. For more information and resources to help you set your path towards a narco mindset grounded on integrity, honor and truth, head to jorgevaldesphd.com, and join our community.