Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Christian duty to be vaccinated and double effect


In another post, I briefly summarized why it is the duty of Biblical Christians to take the vaccine in alignment to the 2nd greatest commandment to love your neighbor. In this post, I’d like to expand on the doctrine of double effect and how it gives one a reasonable path to take the vaccine without violating primary moral principles.

To summarize, double effect doctrine states that moral good can indirectly result from moral evil. Probably the most relevant example of this is the benefit the Christian receives as a result of the tragic death of an innocent man, Jesus Christ. 

While we rightfully abhor the circumstances of His death, we celebrate His victory over death and the resultant glory to Him and the salvation of believers. 

Evil act, good result.

In a similar manner, the tragic death of an innocent child almost a half century ago has resulted in the development of effective vaccines against a pandemic virus.  

Evil act, good result.

While we hate abortion, we should rejoice that the Lord has sovereignly produced a good result from a long past sinful action.

As a Biblical Christian, we rightfully oppose the death of innocents and the intent to destroy them as an inconvenience. However, this horrible act has given us the means to fulfill a great moral obligation to love our neighbors by slowing or stopping the spread of this horrible pandemic.

Weep for the death of innocents. 

Rejoice that God has taken it and returned some good from it.

Get vaccinated.

Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Why I am vaccinated and, as a Biblical Christian, you should be, too


To preface, I am a very conservative Biblical Christian. That is, everything I do or think is guided by the Bible as my authoritative source of truth in all matters of faith and practice. This would include my position on the COVID vaccine. I am fully aware of all the objections folks are using to keep from taking the vaccine and I am going to try and give you my perspective on why, despite those objections, you should consider it your Christian duty to get vaccinated. 


First, I highly encourage you to read this article by the Rev. Al Mohler. It is a well-reasoned argument from a man I highly respect. You owe yourself a read through. In it, he explains the history of the COVID vaccine and its relationship to the use of aborted tissue. Bottom line – the vaccine itself did not use material from abortion. 


Now, given his arguments, I would emphasize a particular one. Biblically, we are inarguably commanded to love our neighbor. This is the 2nd greatest commandment according to Christ. If that is the case, is it more loving to reject a very well documented successful vaccine or is it more loving to take the vaccine? Even if you have a moral objection to the vaccine, you still have a greater moral obligation to love and protect your neighbor. This is exactly the benefit of the vaccine. Even if you don’t want to protect yourself, the vaccine greatly reduces the likelihood that you will become infected and infect others. 


Obviously, there are no guarantees in this life. If the Lord, in His sovereignty, decides someone will be infected, then they will be, but we should do everything we can to prevent the spread. Consider your neighbor and go get vaccinated. 


Soli Deo gloria!



For more on double effect, see my next post




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