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.

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