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Not the mark of the beast: Evangelicals should fight conspiracy theories and welcome the vaccines

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Today I have an article, coauthored with Walter Kim of the National Association of Evangelicals, at The Washington Post urging Christians to reject conspiracy theories, for love of their neighbor to take the vaccine for the coronavirus, and encourage others to do the same.

In the Gospel of Luke, the Bible tells us about a paralyzed man who sought to see Jesus but couldn’t get to him because of the crowds. His friends found a way, by cutting a hole in the roof and letting him down on his bed by ropes, so that he could find healing. Similarly, in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, evangelical Christians should join with other Americans in holding the ropes for those who are in danger of serious illness or death. That includes urging people to get vaccinated.

We have all lost much during this pandemic. For Christians, one of the most awful aspects, apart from the deaths of those we love, is the isolation we have had from one another, along with our feelings of powerlessness to change the situation. The vaccines change that equation. By getting vaccinated as soon as our time is called, we can actively work for what we have been praying for — churches filled with people, hugs in the church foyer, and singing loudly together the hymns we love.

You can read the rest of the article here.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.

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