Should I take the Covid-19 Vaccine? A biblical view
If you are like me and wondering whether we should take the Covid-19 vaccine, then join me as I look at it from a biblical view.
“I am not taking that vaccine!” exclaimed my friend. “Oh!” I responded, “Why?”
“There are just too many negative things surrounding it,” she cried.
“Okay, I get it.” I say, “There is an increasing lack of trust in the information provided by the government and the media continues to fabricate stories. All of this can lead to confusion but let me ask you, how was your trip to the Doctor’s office the other day?”
“My Doctor is the best. I no longer feel sick… wait! Why do you ask?” Smiling, I looked at her, “When you took your medicine, did you question him about what he was giving you?” I asked.
With confusion written on her face, she states, “of course not. Why would I even…”. She stops midsentence and looks at me. I am still smiling, and I know she understands where I am going with this.
I went on to state a few things.
What we never question
When we go to the Doctor’s office, we don’t ask our Doctor about the medicine they are prescribing to us, we just want the pain or irritation to end. So we take medicine trusting that we were given the cure to our issue.
When we go to the supermarket and pick up fruits and vegetables, we often don’t even wash them off first. Or if we wash them, many of us do not follow the prescribed way to clean them thoroughly in a solution that will rinse away all the pesticides and other chemicals used to make them grow.
When we eat out at restaurants, we don’t question what we are eating. We don’t wonder what they actually put into that fast-food burger. Or if the cooks practised the highest levels of hygiene when preparing our meal. We just want the food to taste good.
When we eat chicken, we never question how the food industry is capable of an egg hatching and growing into a full-grown chicken in weeks (instead of months). Chicken alone has caused some changes to our DNA; many of our kids grow up with mature bodies at such early ages. There are so many genetically modified foods that we have accepted and eat without question because it pleasures us to do so.
And we never question it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented crises that have impacted everyone on earth. As people of God, you may have been asked, is this God’s doing? Is He resetting the world? Is He paying us for evil done?
We may not know how to answer that question because none of us truly know. But what we do know, and have faith in, is that Christ continues to speak to each of us and calls us to a deeper faith and relationship with Him. We know that when we have Christ, we have every blessing, so we lean on God’s promises in all the craziness of this world.
With continued breaking news over the past few weeks of a vaccine, many of us have witnessed varying emotions and fielded many concerns about this medicine’s validity.
So should I take the Covid-19 vaccine?
First things first
God calls us to ‘seek Him first’ in all things. Whether it is about taking the vaccine, what we should wear, how we should write that email, where we should go for a vacation; whatever the question, we should all approach the wisdom of first seeking Christ’s will. For many of us, that may be easier said than done. How do I seek the Lord’s will? Spend time in prayer. Present your concerns and questions to God. He loves spending time with you, and He will provide you with that ‘knowing’ to make the right choice.
The scripture doesn’t present how to handle a global pandemic, but it does give us great insight into how God answers prayer and protects His people. We see many examples of His love and care of others. If you are anxious about the decision of whether to take the vaccine, be comforted by God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'”
Don’t fall into the trap
It is so easy to listen to what others say about the vaccine. We have all seen the social media posts, read the news comments, or been caught by someone burning to tell you about what they ‘know’. Don’t fall into the trap of rumours and hearsay. Take the time to read the government’s information on the vaccine and go a little further and research about the company who created the vaccine. Look at the facts.
Food for thought: As we continue to journey into the unknown, let us be rooted in Christ, armed for whatever may come.
Prayer: Father, help me to be obedient to your will. There are so much unknowns but I trust you. Help me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen