My Body, My Choice

Never did I imagine that I would ever utter a slogan from a pro-abort let alone make a sign with those words on it. But we are living in strange days after all.

October 18th is rapidly approaching and it marks the day that all Washington State employees, healthcare professionals, educators, and anyone who works with the public must be vaccinated. If not, they are out of a job. It doesn’t matter if you have been a faithful employee of 25 years, had an exemplary record, or have been a devoted public servant, all that counts now is whether or not you are going to roll up your sleeve and comply with tyranny.

However, we should have come to expect this. The “jab” was first introduced as a recommendation—a well-intentioned suggestion from our benevolent leaders who trusted people to make their own decisions regarding their health. When the populace overwhelmingly refused to take it or had questions regarding the efficacy or ethics behind the development of the shot, those leaders quickly turned tyrannical, now wielding the strong arm of the government with the threat, “Take the jab or else.”

Today, many families are in a situation that if they do not comply with this mandate then they are going to lose their livelihoods and careers that they worked so hard to achieve. I have sat with, talked to, and messaged dozens of individuals who are all feeling abandoned, betrayed, and completely distraught over this.

So, what do you tell them?

Do you encourage them to inject something into their body that they perceive as wrong and assuage their conscience by saying it is “for the greater good”?

Never.

For the individual who now is facing this decision, allow me to give you some pastoral advice: Do not comply. As people who confess that Christ is Lord and believe that he has ownership of the entire cosmos, then our bodies are also his possession. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.” Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 6:19 unequivocally states that your body is “not your own.” Regardless of the recent approval of the FDA, the shots that are being offered remain untested and present a risk to health if injected into our bodies. All one has to do is look up the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) and see the danger. In other words, Christians don’t put their health at risk or play games with the body that God has so graciously provided.

Another reason why one should refuse the mandate is based on Christian conscience. Believers who have their conscience troubled over this should in no way shape or form comply and take the vaccine. Romans 14:23 says, “Whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Paul is addressing the issue of believers who were troubled over eating meat that was sacrificed to idols and gives them a proper way of dealing with the situation. Rather than berate them for not taking advantage of Christian liberty, he exhorts that if they partake of eating meat with the knowledge that their personal conscience condemns them, it is not of faith and it is sin. Replace “meat” with “vaccine” and the same Biblical principle applies. If we consume or do anything that might condemn our God-given conscience then we should not do it, period.

Many individuals now are having to think through these issues and so many more when it comes to these mandates from Olympia. This day takes courage, a sound mind, and a heart full of faith in the God that provides. Some of you are going to have a Luther-like experience before the decision-makers at your place of employment. It was Martin Luther who stood before the tyrannical emperor Charles V and utters these words:

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason…my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.”

And finally,

“Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.”

Stand firm and may God help us all.

 

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