Year 2020, “Annus horribilis,” Latin for “horrible year.” Queen Elizabeth used the phrase once to describe a tragic year for her family in the early 1990s.
Year 2020 is only half in the books, but the Latin seems apt:
COVID-19, government lockdowns and economic fallout, protests, “those who call evil good and good evil,” civil liberties like freedom of religion, speech suspended in the name of public health, riotous chaos ignored in the name of justice, anti-racism racism, ideology, hate passing for public discourse, intolerance parading in name of tolerance.
Then again, I’ve only experienced a few years.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:14-15).
In 1920, Sen Thomas Riley Marshall, later Vice President under W Wilson, said, “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar.”
I’d say what this country needs is a moral reckoning that refocuses American culture and politics on God and good.