Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 16
April 19, 2021
Putting God To The Test, Not!
I’m grateful that I have now received my second Pfizer shot. I felt a bit ill for a day but that is a small price to pay to help my body resist COVID 19. I will now feel less anxious as the plague continues to go on. I wish all professing Christians felt the same way.
I am saddened that I have heard reports in the media and seen social media posts from people proclaiming to be Christian who urge friends and congregations to not get the vaccine. Such people proclaim that there is no need for the vaccine all people needed to do was “trust God.” God, they argued would protect faithful Christians from this plague. To me, this line of reasoning seems like what Jesus condemned when he told Satan that we should not put “God to the test.”
I wonder if people who condemn vaccines drive without seatbelts, or drive drunk, and assume a good and healthy outcome. I wonder if they reject the FDA stamp that certifies that their food is safe. Why eat inspected food if God will protect you no matter what you put in your mouth? I wonder if people who advocate getting no vaccines would walk up a city street alone at midnight displaying wads of cash and expect a good outcome because of God’s protection.
I hope that unchurched people will not listen to the professing Christians who advocate putting God to the test. The unchurched might generalize and think that all professing Christians might think this way. I hope that we who do follow Christ will correct those who advocate putting God to the test. We are the voice of Jesus. Let us speak with word and deed encouraging people to get vaccinated and telling other Christians to stop testing God. We can prevent deaths by our faithful witness; get the vaccine! Don’t test God!
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