Do Not Fear?
“Do not fear” is the command I speak of.
If you listen to those who follow a literal/political hermeneutic the verses that tell us not to fear mean that we are never to fear anything, but always have faith in the face of anything that you (even justifiably) should be afraid of.
Thus, if you are wearing a mask or getting vaccinated during a pandemic, you are exhibiting fear and sinning in the eyes of a holy God and contributing to the downfall of Western civilization.
This…is not what is being commanded.
What is being commanded is that we not live in a constant state of faithless anxiety that betrays a lack of trust in God.
Faith in the face of fear is what we call “courage”.
Faith that says nothing we should justifiably fear and take reasonable precautions to avoid is not faith, but presumption and stupidity.
God calls us to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves as we maneuver through life…and that means taking reasonable precautions to preserve our lives and the lives of others.
For generations, that has meant we have taken vaccinations that have eradicated diseases that brought death and disability to millions.
Debate over the efficacy and risks of the Covid 19 vaccines is good and necessary…but not in the context of spirituality and faith.
As an aside, if you answer the question of whether or not your vaccinated by saying “Yes, by the blood of Christ!” you’re not holy, you’re embarrassing all of us…
Interestingly enough, the same people who will chastise you for fearing catching Covid have a long list of things they want you to be afraid of.
“The government”…because we know that the government agrees on everything…this is off the list if they approve of the current regime…
“The new world order’…that has to have turned over twice since the prophecy wonks began…
“Liberals”…who are those who don’t parrot the fear mongering of choice…
“Compromising Christians”… anyone who isn’t part of your tribe or dares disagree with you…
I am fully vaccinated and I have family and friends who refuse vaccination…these facts have nothing to do with their spirituality and standing with God or mine.
May God grant each one of us the discernment to walk through these times in wisdom and faithfulness to Him and with grace for each other.