The Blindspot Of Anti-Vaxxers

The Blindspot Of Anti-Vaxxers

Pastor Vincent - 23 October 2021

Weekend Devotion: The Blindspot Of Anti-Vaxxers

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If there is one thing that is getting on the nerves of world government, it is anti-vaxxers. By anti-vaxxer, I don’t mean people who are uneducated or uninformed that they did not know about the need to be vaccinated, but I meant those who advocate strong reasonings against vaccination, and they prevent their loved ones from doing so. And if this is not enough, they try to post their anti-vaccines views on social media to make their views known, in the hope of showing that anti-vaccination is legitimate, and of course to influence more people to be on their side.

 

Now, why are there anti-vaxxers? There are many reasons. It could be due to the fear and apprehension of the vaccination technology at the start. They may be people who are skeptical by nature. But later on, they could have come into contact with biased viewpoints or news report about some harmful effects of vaccination, confirming their held-belief. And the reason that they are convinced is because it fits their existing tendencies, or even their apprehension. And I can say that one great weakness of our human mind is that once we’ve confirmed our held-belief, we became extremely biased or shut our mind to every other view. It is extremely difficult after that, to accept other opinions, or convinced our mind otherwise. And I would say, these are the people who mostly believe in conspiracy theories and spread those theories, and they were in fact being “used” without realizing. They became ideological rather than practical.

 

Now, I don’t want to be judgmental towards anti-vaxxers, but if you as a Christian, are using biblical arguments to support your anti-vaccination case, thinking that it is the way to be set apart from the World. You have got it all wrong.

 

Now, let me set the record straight. I’ve said it before and let me say it again.

 

First, accepting vaccination has nothing to do with falling into the trap of Anti-Christ, neither is it receiving the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will never come in the form of vaccines or anything physical that is inserted into you. Rather, it is a mark, or a seal upon a person’s soul. If that person has rejected Christ and His salvation, there he has received the mark of the beast. That mark of the beast on one’s forehead represent the unbelief of that person. That mark on one’s right hand represent the works that is generated through the unbelief mind. Read my lips. You don’t get the mark of the beast through getting a vaccine. So please, get your biblical facts right. Don’t put the Christian community to shame with those pseudo arguments.

 

Next, if you think that accepting the vaccines has got to do with humanism, seemingly injecting what is man-made into God’s image bearer, I would say you can’t be more illogical.

 

There is a sister in Christ who told me that all Christians who receive the vaccination must repent, because they’ve accepted man-made inventions into their glorious body. Now, to such a person, maybe I should ask: “Do you take medication when you have a fever? Do you send your children to the secular schools? Do you wear human designed clothes?”

 

Now, let’s be consistent if you want to talk about humanism. Never think that you’re set apart from the world by rejecting the vaccines. It has nothing to do with that. In fact, by advocating that, you are countering what the Lord has prayed for His disciples through His priestly prayer. The Lord Jesus prayed: “Father, my prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (Jn 17:15). Now, I am sure our Lord Jesus never wanted us to be segregated from the world in such a way where we develop unjustified conspiracy theories against vaccination. Rather, Jesus wants us to be in the world, yet not of the world. Jesus wants us to be sanctified in our life purpose and way of living, such that we live boldly and resolutely for the advancement of the gospel, not a life that is a skeptic of something as trivial as the vaccine.

 

Now, if you’re fearful about the vaccines, just say that you’re fearful. Or just say that you are not sure about the long-term effects, and you are praying through. Don’t try to justify your skewed thinking with biblical arguments. That just doesn’t do justice to the word of God. And don’t keep justifying yourselves by saying that people who are vaccinated get infected also. Now, even if you take an influenza shot, you could get a flu also. We know medical science is not there to eradicate illness, but to reduce the severity of illnesses. A bible saturated person should be logical in drawing from the bible, as well as making sense out of worldly knowledge. The word of God should make you wise and logical, not incongruent, making insensible arguments or viewpoints.  

 

Last, I want to ask all the anti-vaxxers in the church, “have pride got the better of you? Is it because you have been such a great advocate of anti-vaccine, that you finally have got people listening to you, and you take pride in that sense of worth you have? Or do you feel that it’s a loss of face now to backtrack on your once strongly held belief about anti-vaccination?” Now, I can tell you that nothing is more foolish and embarrassing than to have believed in the wrong thing and make such a strong case for it when it’s uncertain. You have not only stumbled yourselves, but also others with your conspiracy theories and misinformation. You have taken people’s focus away from the gospel to seek something that has nothing to do with the kingdom of God. You have taken the real spiritual fight away from saving man’s soul to be a champion fighter of anti-vaccination. Your social media are all filled with your passion and messages about anti-vaccination instead of testifying Jesus as Lord. How foolish you are to have fallen right into the devil’s trap!

 

Now, I know the anti-vaxxer will not be pleased hearing these from me. But let me make my point clear. I am not here to judge you, but I seek to realign you. For believers who struggled with all the anti-vaccines information given on social media, let me just offer to you how I come to the conclusion with taking the vaccines.

 

First, I took the vaccines for God’s Church. I took the vaccines not to be given entry to cinemas or shopping centers, but because I value church, and I value worshiping God physically in the house of believers, and I value being able to continually minister to others physically. As simple as that. Unless you don’t value the communion of saints at all.

 

Next, I did it for love. Now, I may have the faith of not being infected. Or even if infected. I may have the faith that I will not be severely ill or died because of the infection, but I recognize that may not be so for my brethren or my loved ones around me. So for that reason, I gladly take the vaccines so that people can be at ease hanging around me, knowing that I am vaccinated. Now, isn’t that a pure and unadulterated love to start with, instead of trying to convince the whole world that vaccination harms our health, without ourselves absolutely being sure of it either?

Last, I as a minister of Christ took the vaccines to send a clear message to all those anti-vaxxers in the church that I am willing to take any risk, even with my health, for the sake of the gospel. Yes, no one knows absolutely what are the health complications 5 or 10 years down the road after taking the vaccines. There may be complications, there may not. But as of now, I am willing to take those risk by faith, so that I can always be physically ministering to people. I don’t want people to “struggle” when they’re listening to me talk or ministering to them. I don’t want the focus to be on “whether I’ve taken the vaccines”, rather I want the focus to be on “Jesus and His Word”. So to you out there who have made anti-vaccination your gospel, all I’ve to say is that you’ve already been brought into the greatest deception.

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Pastor Vincent Choo
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Vincent is the Senior Pastor of The Life Church and Missions (Singapore) and is an ardent missionary to the Chinese World. He currently lives in Singapore with his wife, Qiufen, and has three kids, Mary, David, and Caleb.

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