On Covid, Vaccines, And Christians

Before we start, allow me to make one thing completely clear. I am not going to encourage you to get the vaccine. I am also not going to encourage you not to get the vaccine. I will, as always, encourage you to get the best available information and, hopefully after much prayer, make the decision that is best for you, and for your family. Nothing more, nothing less. Whether or not you have gotten the vaccine, this post is for you.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3)

I am pretty sure that you have seen, if you have social media accounts, various “I have been vaccinated” boarders on profile pictures, and numerous posts about people being vaccinated. I am equally sure that you have seen posts about not being vaccinated, and encouragement to not get the vaccine. You may have even seen my profile photo encouraging you to mind your business. We have politicians telling us to take, or not to take, this vaccine. We have faith leaders doing the same. The vaccine has become either our red badge of courage, or the scarlet letter, depending on where you sit and who is speaking. Our vaccination status has become the symbol of our virtue. Worse than that, it has now become the way in which we virtue signal. It has become such an important symbol of our virtue that there is a door to door campaign of evangelism that many want to occur. Most of us Christians would balk at knocking on a door to spread the Good News in the hopes of saving even a single soul, but how many of us are ok with the new vaccine evangelism program? Just some (golden) food for thought.

Virtue Signaling (noun) “the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.” 

If we are being honest, all of this is just a continuation of what has been since the beginning of the Pandemic. It’s real, it’s fake. It’s serious, it’s just the flu. Lockdowns work, lockdowns are more harmful than the virus. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. We can not even decide if the pandemic is over and we are recovering, or if this is just a lull before the next wave hits. All of these things have become the way in which we signal our virtue. All of this has become what we preach, and which others believe. I can promise only that Saint Paul is not impressed.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.” {1 Corinthians 15)

We have faith leaders passionately encouraging us to get the vaccine (see here) We have faith leaders who feel wary of promoting the vaccine (see here) We have pastors preaching against the vaccine (see here) I am not sure when vaccinations became such an important theological matter, but here we are. It seems that the syringe should be golden in truth. Some praise it as an idol and others decry it as an idol, but the truth is that both seem to prioritize the vaccine, and much related to Covid before it, as the primary source of our virtue and how it is displayed. I can only promise that Saint Paul is still not impressed.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.” {1 Corinthians 15)

Some will say that only the sheeple will get the vaccine. Others that only the conspiracy theorists will refuse it. Some see the pressure as coercive and so refuse out of a sense of resistance. To be fair, I am tired of it all. No, social media is not killing anyone, No, there isn’t a microchip. Just no. All I want is for it to stop if I’m being honest. But in the church, we are supposed to have a different agenda and different priorities. Covid is not an issue of theology (unless we are speaking about whether or not it is a judgement from God, and that is a rabbit hole I am not going down today). The reality is that the vaccine should not be our virtue and should not be the way we are signaling it. We are righteous because Christ has imparted that to us. Whatever semblance of virtue we have, is only because Christ is in us. We have allowed this current pandemic to become our virtue and placed it higher than Christ. If it is our virtue, then it is our idol and it is long past time that we, as Christians, stopped signaling by it. Our virtue is Christ, and we signal it by the cross. Nothing more or less. In Christ there is no vaccinated or unvaccinated.

 

 

 

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4 Replies to “On Covid, Vaccines, And Christians”

  1. The best information is the medical science supporting getting vaccinated. Anti-vaxers, of any sort, are simply anti-science and falling for a politically motivated dangerous message.

  2. “Our virtue is Christ, and we signal it by the cross. Nothing more or less. In Christ there is no vaccinated or unvaccinated.” – Amen to this. Good post.. Thanks for writing.

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