Wow. I do not like using the word dumb, but when people are dumb they do not know what they are saying.It really saddens me that the US is the only country that politicizes Covid and the vaccine.
The rhetorical theological propaganda machine is turning overtime dividing Christians over this issue. I personally have been shamed by Christians that I know for getting the vaccination. My wife has been “warned” by fellow Christians not to allow me around our pregnant daughter because I’ve been vaccinated and might cause her to miscarry. In the same breath my wife was warned by these same Christians that if she gets vaccinated, she should stay away from our pregnant daughter as well.
And then there are the Facebook posts where Christian “ friends” are already grouping together on how to stay away from idiots like myself who received the vaccination. Apparently I am toxic and can spread some sort of disease. One gal was having anxiety after finding out the gal behind her got her shot. She was honestly worried.
There are worse things, things I won’t mention openly. But Satan is laughing and fear and politics is his weapon to divide us, and he is doing a fine job.
We should not base our decisions on fear. Fear has away of stealing the truth from under us. Fear is a powerful tool for division.
Now is the time we need to draw near to one another and share our hopes and stop spreading fear. Now is the time to lift one another up and to carry each other’s burdens through this pandemic.
Now is the time to stop reading the news or watching it.
Now is the time to stop watching and engaging in fear based social media.
Now is the time to step away from the political noise.
Now is the time to look to Jesus.
Now is the time to pray for one another.
Now is the time to show grace, and strive for unity.
If we don’t do these things, we will further divide.
If any believer says taking a vaccination causes an illness in others is dumb. As it is a lie, they are also a liar, and spreader of false witness against a neighbour which is sin. In grace I suspect they are victims of right wing groups who wish to spread violence and antagonism.
What has impressed me is the UK. Vaccination has meant we are now still falling in cases and deaths, despite opening up again. California was a centre of infection, and is now looking like the best area because of vaccinations.
That is real empirical science, which cannot be refuted.
I read a report of a private school in the US which was banning staff or students who have been vaccinated because of the health threat to others.
Once you undermine scientific and civil authority this chaos is what you get, with tin pot dictators declaring threats where there are none. What saddens me is this insanity stains the gospel of Jesus, and the people who claim to know Him but so quickly and easily lie and condemn innocents over issues they have no right to declare.
Listening to defenders of QAnon, you realise how easily the internet can be used to dupe the naive with extreme accusations that play to the hatred and bias against political enemies when they should know better. Sadly this is nothing new, the battle of the reformation caused 25% of the population to be killed because they believed how evil the other side was, but this was literally propoganda and a few psychopaths manipulating situations.
God help us, to see His love and truth shining strong in His people, God bless you