The idea of requiring some form of vaccination mandate for travel has been thrown around since the beginning of the pandemic. Some nations like Australia, and the Philippians have put extensive travel restrictions in place. Yet most nations have been reluctant to put too severe of a lock down in place. This is in large part due to the spirit of freedom that still pervades the western world. This freedom and liberty should not be taken for granted. Especially as governments self-ascribe themselves as the giver of our rights and liberties. This is a departure from the historic framework that man’s liberty and freedom are extensions of his responsibility as an image bearer of God.
With the decline of Christianity and the rise of post-modernism, there has been a renewed attack upon personal responsibility, liberty, and freedom. This is because humanity sees itself as the sovereign. The mantra becomes: vox populi, vox dei, the voice of the people is the voice of God. The basic danger of this thinking is that there is no check upon the mind of humanity. Morality and ethics are determined by whatever one believes is right in their own mind.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, is absolutely correct when she says; “Americans’ privacy and rights should be protected, and so that these systems are not used against people unfairly.”
The danger in what she says is that the autonomous government of humanity is fickle. It changes direction on a dime. What is unthinkable today, is policy in a few years. This should instill in every Christian a critical eye towards those who seek to ensure security by means of restricting liberty. As more security is obtained at the cost of liberty, complacency and apathy become the determining factors of life. Instead of personal responsibility and duty, humanity is relegated to dependency on the government for bail outs and handouts.
Travel is essential to a prosperous economy and a free society. The way forward is not a government mandate that all travelers be vaccinated or even masked. The answer is that mankind must recognize the necessity of personal responsibility. This means, that if one is sick, they should minimize impact by not traveling where others would be put at risk. This requires self-government of the individual. There is no need for a government mandate.
Only a return to a Godly social order of individual self-government under God can any nation hope to be restored to a level of prosperity and freedom heretofore seen.