We have been patient, even though every projection of the impact of the Coronavirus has been grossly wrong. We were told to flatten the curve because there was no cure, even though a very small number actually die from the virus in comparison with the population and other diseases and causes of death we live with on a daily basis. Now, over 22,000,000 people have lost their jobs in one month … and there is more economic fallout to follow … much more. In our county, in the same period of time that we had five Corona-related deaths, we had fifteen suicides.

We waited for our Governor to tell us he was ending the restrictions that have ruined our economy and our livelihoods. Instead, he made an announcement about an announcement and appointed a task force to further delay getting everyone back to work when he could have restored everything with a stroke of his pen. Since he as our governor put the restrictions in place by his edict, he should have simply removed them with some guidelines by the same process. Shockingly, his big action was to tell those struggling with mental and emotional health issues to go to the state parks with a mask on rather than opening the churches and suggesting they seek help there. He also decided to allow some elective surgeries since the hospital systems in Texas are losing money because so few are actually in the hospital. And he allowed retail businesses to open up for curbside shopping … he didn’t say where the change rooms were, presumably in your car or on the sidewalk.

Enough of the ridiculous!
It is time to open up Texas based on the following five words…

We have Rights,
We are Americans who have a constitution and a bill of rights.

We are Rational,
Consider the following FACTS from the Texas DSHS website as of April 17:
Population of Texas: 29,000,000 est. (twenty-nine million)
Tested for COVID-19: 169,536 (.0055 or ½ of one percent)
Positive for COVID-19: 17,371 (.0006 or 6/100 of one percent)
Hospitalized for COVID: 1,522 (.00005 or 5/1000 of one percent)
Deaths due to COVID: 428 (.000014 or 1/1000 of one percent)
You could read the data and interpret it that “protecting some” has actually become “needlessly punishing all.”

We take Risks,
We are Texans who stand tall and realize that life has some risks. That should be our choice, not the mandate of the state attempting to protect us from every perceived harm.

We understand Responsibilities,
We are citizens who will do the responsible thing. Those who are at risk should stay home. Those who are afraid should stay home.

We will Resist,
Because it is our right to do so, we are free people. Unless an overwhelming number of people let our officials know that we are done with their mandates and edicts, we will continue to be controlled by them.

If you feel as I do, call the Governor’s office and all of your elected officials and tell them to Reopen Texas Now.

Gov. Greg Abbott: 512-463-2000
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: 512-463-0001
Attorney General Ken Paxton: 512-463-2100
Comptroller Glenn Hegar: 512-463-4444

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Pastor Steve Riggle

Steve Riggle is the founding pastor and current Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church in The Woodlands. An accomplished author and speaker, he serves on the boards of numerous institutions and organizations.