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Revisiting Covid Vaccines From A Christian Perspective

Yes, I know this is a Christian Blog. So why am I writing about Covid again, right?

Well, simply because this is an issue that has certainly impacted our lives on a spiritual level as much as it has on a physical level.

With that being said, let's revisit Covid vaccines from a Christian perspective.

Below is what I shared exactly 1 year ago today on my Facebook Page.

How are we doing taking this approach and maintaining this mindset a full year later, especially now that "The Narrative" has shifted significantly and the truth continues to come out? 🤔

More important than that topic? The Gospel of Jesus Christ and a friendly reminder that God loves you, Jesus is your salvation, and Jesus is your sanctification. Always start and end there and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).



Stealing this from someone else with only a few minor changes since it's spot on 💯 % accurate, IMHO.

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For my friends who have recently gotten their CV Shot or who know they will get one soon, awesome for you. I can see how relieved you are and I’m so glad that this option is available for you!

For my friends who aren’t sure they will get one just yet, or maybe ever, or already know that they never will, I want to throw some love and respect your way, too. I'm happy that you have that choice. Medical freedom is important. 👏

The wonderful thing about INFORMED CONSENT when it comes to this debate is that two people with the same information, can make two completely different choices, and neither of them is right or wrong. That is what medical freedom is and should be.

There are "benefits" and "risks" to every medical procedure. Doing the “right thing” means you’ve weighed the risks and benefits for yourself, and are making a truly informed decision! The only "wrong" decision IMO is made purely out of fear, social pressure, or emotional reactivity. If you have researched your decision and are comfortable with it...great and good for you!

What’s right for one person, may be wrong for the other. Both, on an intuitive and biological level. We’re all doing the best we can with the information we hopefully have spent time digging into. Let this be a gentle reminder *FOR ALL* to please respect each other and be mindful of the message we put out there. Is everyone “wrong” because they believe differently than you? No. They very likely have just as strong of a reason for their choice as you do. 

At the same time, there's comes a point when the FACTS OVER TIME will force some to admit they may have been wrong about the choice they made. If and when that happens, I pray we all can find the humility to admit if and when we were wrong, so that we can learn from it before the next time.

Finally, a gentle and friendly reminder that this information is also PERSONAL and PRIVATE for each individual and so you have the right not to answer when asked whether you chose to get the CV Shot or not. 

This is STILL America and so a Nazi-esque "Show me your papers!" should never be the law of the land. Plain and simple.

In the end, whether you choose:

✅CV Shot
✅No Shot
✅Tequila Shot 🤪

Know that you’re okay in my book and I respect YOUR DECISION when it comes to this contentious issue. 😉 

You’re NOT ok in my book when you start being rude to others because they made a decision that was BEST for them, but different from yours. 

#MedicalFreedom 
#InformedConsent 
#SlipperySlope


In a Lutheran layman's terms, this was true a year ago, it's true today, it will be true tomorrow, and it will remain true a year from now and for years to come.



NOTE: Please understand that I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or just your average everyday Christian, Corporate Healthcare Recruiting Manager, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast in Buffalo, NY. As another Christian Blogger once wrote, "Please do not see this blog as me attempting to 'publicly teach' the faith, but view it as 'an informal Public Journal of sorts' about my own experiences and journey." So if any of my notes here help you in any way at all, then I say, "Praise the Lord! Thanks be to God!" but please do double check them against the Word of God and with your own Pastor at all times. Trust, but always verify. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this lengthy disclaimer/note, please understand that I'm a relatively new convert to "Confessional Lutheranism" and one who recently escaped an American-Evangelical-Non-Denominational mindset a little more than 9 years ago now despite being a Christian my whole life. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you're a Lifelong Lutheran who believes that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way back into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is inconsistent with the Bible, our Confessions, and Lutheran doctrine in general (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and repeatedly point us back to over and over again) so that I can not only correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1), but so that I can also repent of my sin and learn the whole truth myself. With that in mind, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier/older pieces I wrote for this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that "Old Evangelical Adam" category (and they don't have a disclaimer like this) since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). This knowledge of the Lutheran B-A-S-I-C-S was completely foreign to me even though I was baptized, confirmed, and married in an LCMS church! So, there are some entries that are a little more "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavily influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because they are not blasphemous/heretical demanding I correct them or take them down entirely, but because I now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing and sanctifying work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life from then until now (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the Holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse footnotes from my own Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I will defer to what other Lutheran Pastors both past and present have already preached and taught about such passages too since they are the called and ordained under-shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries (this disclaimer/note is a perfect example of what I mean by that! haha). I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a "Christian Dude's Diary" in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#Trending" at the time, but is about all the things that I'm studying or thinking about myself at the moment instead. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts where I've done all the research for you already to help save you valuable time). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Feel free to comment/email me at any time. Grace and peace to you and yours!

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