When human institutions fail, God never does

March 29, 2020 |

Welcome to a very special edition of the Huckabee Show here on TBN. Special because we are now in our 2nd week of the Coronavirus version, without our studio audience, our guests coming to us mostly from their homes via Skype, and your host actually in government-imposed exile, some 461 miles from our theater and coming by way of a fiber-fed transmission line from a virus-free studio.

The Coronavirus and the resulting shut-down of our nation is proving to be a genuine hardship for all Americans, especially those in the service sector whose jobs virtually disappeared overnight, and for many, may not return. The travel and tourism industry is decimated. The stock market imploded, and of all things, toilet paper became a more precious commodity (or should I say commode-ity) than dollar bills. If you are from the rural south and grew up several decades ago, you weren’t worried about the toilet paper shortage—you knew just to eat more corn on the cob…and save the cobs. When I mentioned that on Twitter, I was excoriated for my lack of sophistication. But I ask my snobby critics, so what is YOUR solution when there’s no Charmin to squeeze? I don’t think I even want to know.

Are there any positive things to come from this pandemic and the economic and social disaster it’s caused? You bet. For one, maybe we’ve finally learned that globalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and we ought be thinking more about America being strong, self-sufficient, and independent of countries like China, whose communist government kept hidden the blunt force of the virus until they finally slammed their fist on the population of Wuhan, China and turned it into a gulag. But by then, it was too late, and the virus had already started to spread throughout the world. President Trump immediately put a halt to travel from China and of course was promptly labeled a racist by Nancy Pelosi, other Democrats, and their co-conspirators in the media. Interestingly, even publications like the Washington ComPost and the NY Slimes themselves demanded a travel ban in the early days on what even they then called the Chinese virus. Now the use of that term is of course racist, which means all those years we’ve dealt with the Spanish Flu, German measles, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and I never knew we were ALL racists for calling it a disease from its point of origin.

We’ve learned to appreciate some real heroes we take for granted. Like truck drivers. As bad as this has been, it’s the truckers who have kept this country moving and stocked with food and supplies. When you see a trucker on the highway, say a prayer of thanks for him or her. They’ve been your lifeline. We should be more grateful for health care workers, and not just the doctors who get the attention, but the nurses, front office staff, nursing home workers, technicians, and even the people who clean the buildings where all those folks work. They have been exposed to more germs in a week than most of us will be in a lifetime. And our policemen, fire-fighters, and 1st responders. They don’t get to stay home and wait it out. They are on call 24-7, to clean up the messes humans make. And be grateful for those who deliver mail and packages—whether Post Office, UPS, Fedex, or whoever. I’m getting stuff shipped to my house to keep from venturing out. And those folks in the warehouses, shipping platforms and the drivers getting it to my neighborhood are real heroes to help the rest of us practice social distancing. And grocery clerks and stockers, and pharmacy workers also deserve our deep thanks.

Finally, we are shaken to our roots to realize that with March Madness, the NBA, Major League Baseball, and every sporting event canceled, athletes can’t save us. With the theaters closed, and movie sets shut down, Hollywood and actors can’t save us. And with the financial meltdown, money can’t save us. And with the Congressional bungling of a rescue bill and Pelosi trying to add money for non-virus nonsense like funding abortions and NPR and the Green New Deal, politicians sure can’t save us—in fact, they may end up killing us! But when human institutions fail, God never does. His comfort, His healing, His promises bring us peace when nothing or no one else does or even can. And that’s something we’ve learned from all this.

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  • Clara Herrin

    04/01/2020 09:03 AM

    I've been wondering lately if God has finally reached the limit of His patience as He watches Planned Parenthood continually murder all the precious children He sends to us. We must remember the last time He lost his patience. Think water...lots of water...I mean TONS of water...so much so that there was only one family left to get things started again. I'm beginnng to think that CCP is our punishment for not getting rid of an outfit that uses out-and-out murder to get enough money to buy Lambourginis, big houses, expensive travel and all kinds of other stuff. Who knows how many geniuses have been done away with; babies who never had a chance to fulfull the purpose for which they had been sent to earth? God never said that His patience would last forever. True, He gives us plenty of time to make the right decisions, but in the end, when He can see that we are simply NOT listening, He lowers the hammer. That's why I'm beginning to think He has lowered the hammer on this country. I know various and sundry people will not agree with me, but in this case, I really don't care. I happen to know from my personal experience that God does, indeed, exist, and that He is watching us ALL the time. I pray this current situation will be the turning point in our attitude as a country; that it will be the turning point in re-thinking our attitudes about lots of things. I've heard it said recently that when this is all over things will be better. I certainly hope so, but it's going to take a lot courage and a lot of fortitude to make that happen. After all, we still have youngsters to think of who will want to have a country they can be proud of; a country that will be safe to live in; a country that will have recaptured the dream of our founders. I'll close with two admonitions: 1. Stop the hatred. It's self-defeating; it produces nothing of any worth whatsoever; and ultimately it kills everything it touches. And 2. Pray like you've never prayed before; pray if you've never prayed before. God will hear you, and if you're sincere...He'll answer your prayer. I say this because I know it works.

  • Adrian phillip

    03/31/2020 02:21 PM

    All the distractions are gone and we have to trust in Jesus Christ. Keep up your great programming and your great newsletters I really appreciate it

  • Linda Packer

    03/31/2020 11:07 AM

    I love Mike Huckabee and his great sense of humor! He is a stand-up Christian! Keep it coming!

  • Mark Hylden Farms of North Dakota

    03/31/2020 07:02 AM

    Dear Mike, For three generations our family farm in ND has received the award for the best flax in the state that produces 97% of our nation's flax. We have been involved in numerous scientific medical studies with our award winning Golden Valley Flax including an ongoing study by NASA for the mission to Mars. Flax is great for many health issues including a natural way to strengthen your immune system which is important in the fight against the Chinese virus. Meanwhile back on the farm you may like a story about the toilet paper shortage that I learned about from two customers that called last week from AR and FL. We went to church online for the first time. Our three sons are pastors serving in churches located in SD, TX and NY and they are all doing the same. We have a nephew and niece along with their families serving missions in Spain and Africa and they have been called home and need to be safely kept in quarantine for two weeks. Some humor still seems to be found as I visited with a customer in AR a few days ago. We were laughing about the toilet paper shortage due to hoarding. Years ago he was an executive with the Sears and Roebuck Catalog company and at a top level meeting they discussed the precursor to toilet paper, the Sears and Roebuck catalog with its absorbent papers. It was being used all across the country in outhouses and as the pages disappeared so did the sales. It was his idea to start using a glossy paper in the catalog and with that change the sales went up. I did write about the cumulative information we have learned over the years at the US Flax Institute as it focused on flax and how flax strengthens the immune system which could help fight against covid-19. You can read about flax and your immune system at https://www.goldenvalleyflax.com/golden-valley-flax-enhances-your-immune-system-health-and-fights-viruses-like-covid-19/ The second customer from FL knew about the change to glossy print in the Sears catalog as he was the chemist for the company that made the product to stabilize the new glossy ink. Between those two men they ended the practice of using the Sears catalog for purposes other than sales. One last note lest we forgot the era of cloth diapers as that was a system that allowed for taking care of personal needs along with recycling. Please consider www.goldenvalleyflax.com and yes I sent some the Hunt family after the super bowl victory. Mark Hylden, the farmer that grows Golden Valley Flax. PS I have written an article about flax and linen in the Bible that is being taught at a few seminaries in our country. Please let me know if you want to read that article and I will send it your way.

  • Kevin J. Cook

    03/31/2020 05:05 AM

    Enough said!
    Thanks Gov!

  • Carol J Mathews

    03/30/2020 10:07 PM

    There is so much good happening also. Several hundred thousand jobs are available from about 40 major companies that are hiring now. The scale has shifted as it always does and some have lost their jobs for sure but then some industries gain as their products are now necessities.
    People are actually spending quality time with their children. Going to school online is a good way to learn discipline and it is less expensive. Companies have turned themselves into making new products that are needed like mask, gowns, gloves, thus keeping their employees employed.
    The bad will show it ugly face as with the Nancy roughs and some governors are enjoying being on TV just chatting away. Hopefully people will pay attention and understand how they must vote in November. The government will restore the stockpiles of needed emergency equipment that was depleted and not put back under the previous administration. People are praying like never before. We have learned our medicine is practically all made in China which is a major danger by itself. Bring more jobs back to America. There is good and there is bad but I believe the good is far outweighing the bad.

  • Glenda Lagerstedt

    03/30/2020 09:59 PM

    How I enjoy your common sense and often humorous messages. It is people like you that reassure and lift the burden of the daily grind. After reading some of the leftist commentary and being bombarded with the likes of Pelosi, Schumer, the "squad", etc., it is people like Mike Huckabee and other upright and level-headed individuals, who open a window to let in the fresh air and sunshine again. God bless and protect you and your family.

  • MARK B SEIDE

    03/30/2020 08:57 PM

    Keep up the good work! Your insights are greatly enlightening! Thanks for being there all these years.

  • Ed Thompson

    03/30/2020 06:13 PM

    I guess I’m one of those people who “clings” to their guns, Bibles, and flag. As a country boy, we grew up knowing how to take care of the “important stuff” if you didn’t have store bought things at hand to use. Down through history humanity had a solution for the “problem” of personal hygiene cleaning and they did just fine without toilet paper! Oh well. Life WILL GO ON! This is not the “end of days” some people are saying, but no doubt it’s bad. Prayer is always something everyone can do. Don’t believe in it? I will say a prayer for you. Civilization! Civil! We need to stay civil with everyone. Arguing with people and fighting with people and pointing fingers at people does nothing to help this situation one tiny bit. Obey what is being told to you and do your part in this crisis and we will get through this stuff together. And God is there for everyone. Honest. Have a great day and stay safe and healthy everyone. God Bless you all.

  • Toni M. Robb

    03/30/2020 02:21 PM

    Sir, I remember using corn husks and my Grandfather stating "just be glad that I'm not making you use the cobs!!" when we complained....... It doesn't seem that long ago ( the 70"s...).
    But to the readers who complained, you can always use pages from a book, I recommend hilary clinton's books (any, the choice is yours). Or Bill's.....
    Glad that you are staying save and Thank you for continuing with your emails, they are helping me to stay sane!!!

  • Sharon Oldham

    03/30/2020 01:57 PM

    Dear Mr Huckabee, thank you for your words of encouragement you never fail to have us looking forward regardless of the situation. Take care you are in my prayers.

  • Betty Marvin

    03/30/2020 12:21 PM

    Thanks, Mike, for being a voice of encouragement and reason in this time of insanity!

  • James-Lynn Jonas

    03/30/2020 11:06 AM

    One comment was about '... may use fabric softener sheets. Imagine, my butt would smell like lavender, be wrinkle free and no static!...' Don't do that UNLESS you place them in the trash and not your commode. Irving, TX sewer system is being stopped up with hand wipes, t-shirts, etc. People...use your brain that God has given you!

  • James-Lynn Jonas

    03/30/2020 11:03 AM

    THANK YOU for your honesty which so many others don't have. America had better wake up and get rid of those who don't support USA, USA, USA...which means our President!

  • Sally Mason

    03/30/2020 10:55 AM

    Tremendous message this morning. Thank you.

  • Gwin Wilburn

    03/30/2020 10:38 AM

    Thanks and. God Bless you and your family for a voice in the wilderness! Continue to keep the communications coming!

  • Donna Catlin

    03/30/2020 10:30 AM

    I can't seem to read all the comments, so mine may be repetitious. To the person concerned about collecting mail, don't touch it with your bare hands and wash or toss whatever you used, then disinfect the outsides of the contents (maybe insides, too?) and wash you hands. Also, I am SO thankful for sanitation workers who keep that TP and household garbage and recyclables moving (ahem :-) ). Also, those restaurant workers and small business eye care and others who keep going to work for us. Thank you for your encouragement that no person or institution on Earth is our Savior - and wow, am I sure glad! Blessings!

  • Alice I Claar

    03/30/2020 10:18 AM

    Thank you, Hang in there, and God Bless.

  • Gail Collier

    03/30/2020 10:14 AM

    Dear Governor,
    You always put everything into perspective. Keep reminding all that God is really the One with power, not Pelosi and her other evil doers. Love all your messages. They are full of wisdom, always spot on! Thank you!

  • Michael Salisbury

    03/30/2020 10:11 AM

    Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with a “two-hole” outhouse, Sears & Roebuck or Montgomery Wards catalogues were our source of toilet paper! Since that mode of operandi is no longer available, fir cones will do the trick or leaves! Try to stay away from using poison oak leaves or you’ll be praying for the coronavirus to help end your misery!

  • Suzanne E Wall

    03/30/2020 10:09 AM

    Thank you.

  • Lester Yutzy

    03/30/2020 09:38 AM

    This is awesome and a comforting insight . We who are on the Lords side are richly blessed. Nothing and no one will ever change John 3:16.

  • Mary Kathleen McNeill

    03/30/2020 09:13 AM

    Thank you for this reminder. God is in control

  • Donna Weimer

    03/30/2020 08:38 AM

    I don't pay any attention to the other news people, I only trust what you give us. There is not a true journalist among mainstream media, I don't think they would know true journalism if it slapped them in the face.

  • Jessie Teddlie

    03/30/2020 08:23 AM

    You always come through when we need it! Great way to handle all. The corn cob issue proves we “country, dumb, poor and uneducated Trump supporters” are better than they know! Thank you!