White Evangelical Christian Leaders Answer Questions & Recommend the COVID-19 Vaccine
Nearly 15 percent of Americans have received at least one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker. However, a quarter of all unvaccinated adults said they will “probably not”, or “will definitely not”, receive a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available to them.
In some religious communities, the distrust for the vaccine roots from anti-vaccine misinformation that is being spread across social media and other online platforms. According to The Washington Post, hundreds and thousands of vaccine-questioning posts by social media users are targeting Christians with misinformation.
In the Washington Post article, Emily Dwoskin reports that “some churches and Christian ministries with large online followings — as well as Christian influencers on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube — are making false claims that vaccines contain fetal tissue or microchips, or are construing associations between vaccine ingredients and the devil. Others talk about how coronavirus vaccines and masks contain or herald the “mark of the beast,” a reference to an apocalyptic passage from the Book of Revelation that suggests that the Antichrist will test Christians by asking them to put a mark on their bodies.”
To combat the misinformation, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, wrote a compelling op-ed urging Evangelical Christians to reject the conspiracy theories and embrace the vaccine based on facts.
“This article answers important faith-based questions Evangelicals may consider when deciding whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine,” says Amber Hacker, vice president of operations and finance at IFYC, and an Evangelical Christian. “It offers a powerful Biblically sound argument as to why tenants from our faith call us to take the vaccine to continue our kingdom building work.”
In addition to the article, Moore hosted a webinar and Kim hosted a podcast with Francis Collins, a committed Christian, and Director of the National Institutes of Health, to “answer every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.”
You can watch the webinar featuring Russell Moore and Francis Collins below:
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