Quarantining Our Fears

Daily Theology

By Tony Alonso

M27468-1 001 “Christ Healing the Sick,” Romare Bearden

“Do not be afraid.”

“Do not fear, little flock.”

“Have no anxiety at all.”

These, and dozens like them, are the phrases softly spoken by a radical rabbi from Nazareth in the first century to a small circle of imperfect but faithful followers. They are the words of the same man who ran toward the sickest and most stigmatized women and men he met. He embraced them. He healed them. And then he asked them to go and do the same.

“It time for the U.S. to consider a travel ban.”

“I do know what works, and that is closed borders and quarantine.”

“Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?”

These, and dozens like them, are the phrases loudly spoken by predictable American politicians over the past weeks to a hungry news media. They are…

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