Is that the Question?
For many, considering whether or not to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines is a non-issue, nor even point of discussion, let alone debate. “Of course!” would be the vehement reply if asked, followed closely by the quip and query, “It’s the only logical thing to do in a pandemic. Why wouldn’t you?” While this sort of response may illustrate the prevailing Canadian sentiment– and would certainly represent the attitude which our governmental authorities would triumphantly promote – it’s not everyone’s conviction. A significant proportion of our society is uneasy about the COVID vaccines: some are unsure about their need for immunization, and hesitant about the unknown risks of these novel vaccines; some are philosophically opposed to the use of vaccines because of their association with human cell lines derived from aborted preborn babies years ago; others object in principle to the vaccination requirements, and are sounding the alarm as to what a vaccine mandate will do to our hard-won societal freedoms; while others imminently face the dire prospect of losing those freedoms, as well as their very livelihoods, unless they submit to a procedure to which they conscientiously object. So, the question as to whether or not to proceed with a COVID vaccine is far from a non-issue, and well-deserving of some discussion and prayerful reflection.
While I intend to discuss some of these concerns and provide some general recommendations regarding vaccination, the primary ambition of this essay is to point to a more fundamental question than that of being vaxxed or unvaxxed – and that is, are we in right relationship with God? By comparing and contrasting the COVID narrative with the gospel of Christ, my hope is to give insight as to the divisive nature of these times, and underscore that regardless of our vaccination status, we prioritize our relationship with Jesus, and make Him the object of our lives.