Would Jesus Get the Vaccine?

Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has encouraged Christians to take the COVID-19 vaccine. He has even called the vaccine “a gift from God” and claims Jesus would have taken it. Are these statements true?

Additionally, National Association of Evangelicals President, Reverend Walter Kim, recently came out with an ad, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Service, saying “that the Christian perspective of ‘loving thy neighbor’ is an important reason to get vaccinated”.

A closer look at the current COVID-19 vaccines should cause us to ask tough questions about the current push our nation’s government and evangelical leaders like Graham are making to encourage Americans to receive a coronavirus “vaccination.” The following five questions must be considered by every believer prayerfully considering whether the COVID-19 vaccine is indeed a right and moral choice.

Question 1: Is it safe and effective?

Graham has tweeted, “I think that a lot of people are afraid of just something that’s new and I thank God for the vaccine.” His focus is on Christian believers who fear the vaccine. However, the better question is whether this rushed experimental injection is proven safe.

As to its safety, if this COVID-19 injection is proven safe, then believers could consider taking it. However, since the current “vaccines” received emergency approval bypassing the established and legal requirements and certified long-term studies vaccines generally require, they cannot be certified as safe. In addition, a burgeoning number of cases have revealed serious side effects, including thousands of deaths, in those who have taken the “vaccines.”

Further raising questions to safety, the COVID-19 “vaccines” include warnings for those who are nursing, pregnant, or may desire to become pregnant in the future. The details provided in Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine specifically note, “Available data on Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy.” Short term and long-term safety are reasons to consider not taking it and undercuts the assertion that they are a ‘gift from God’.

As to effectiveness, both Pfizer and Moderna have affirmed that there is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Legally, the research needed to make safety determinations regarding pregnancy risks has not yet been conducted. In contrast with Graham’s assertion, far more research must be conducted to declare the current vaccines safe or effective.

Question 2: Is it right and moral?

Graham stated in a recent Newsweek interview, “I want people to know that COVID-19 can kill you, but we have a vaccine out there that could possibly save your life. And if you wait, it could be too late,’ Graham said.” This fear-based approach also contradicts the evidence. Even among those who have contracted the coronavirus, far more than 99 percent have recovered. Yes, any loss of life is tragic. However, the death statistics reveal the rates are lower than many other contemporary illnesses.
Based on the facts, it would have been more reasonable for Graham and certain other religious leaders to have said, “I want people to know that COVID-19 might kill 1 in 100 people, but with known treatments like Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine most of that 1% can be restored to health. So, an unproven, and unsafe ‘vaccine’ is not the right thing to take.

Some have also reported the number of COVD-19-related deaths may have been inflated or at least complicated due to other factors.

One further concern relates to the mention of using aborted fetal tissue in the creation of the current coronavirus vaccines. During a March 15 ABC News interview, Graham said, “I would be concerned with something that used fetal cells from a murdered child, but Moderna and Pfizer, we’ve been told from the scientists, the way they produce that vaccine these things [aborted fetal cells] were not used.”

Dr. David Prentice, vice president and research director at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, co-authored a report in 2020 that noted, “The use of cells from electively aborted fetuses for vaccine production makes these five COVID-19 vaccine programs unethical, because they exploit the innocent human beings who were aborted.”

The facts contradict the statements Graham and others continue to make in the media regarding the use of aborted fetal tissue. This information should make the choice unethical for those holding a pro-life view.

Question 3: Is it compassionate?

Graham also stated during an ABC News interview, “I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.”

Is Graham correct in suggesting Jesus would have used the COVID-19 vaccines? Though hypothetical, there is no biblical evidence to prove this claim. As far as the New Testament records, Jesus did not take a vaccine or even visit a doctor. As God in human form, he certainly didn’t require a vaccine, either! Jesus would far more likely encouraged people to pray, eat as well as possible, and work their God designed immune system perfectly created to respond to viruses of any type.

In a March 24 Facebook post, even Graham mentioned this important theological observation: “Did Jesus need a vaccine Himself? Of course not. He is God.”

Question 4: Are the vaccines like taking other medicines that can serve as part of God’s healing in answer to prayer?

Graham tweeted on May 18, “Jesus Christ used His power as the Son of God to bring healing to people’s bodies. We as Christians want to follow His example & use modern medicine to bring healing to people—a vaccine can help to prevent COVID 19.

During a March “TCT Today” television interview, Graham even referred to his father, the late Rev. Billy Graham, to support his view that Christians should take the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said, “My Father believed in modern medicine. If anytime there was a vaccine or something that would help protect you, he was an advocate for it. He took it. I believe that it’s consistent with scripture – that we protect our lives and do whatever we can to save life. So I don’t have any problem with telling a person to take an aspirin or telling a person to have a vaccine.” 

However, it is wrong to compare ‘modern medicine’ to a rushed injection. It is dishonest to compare taking an aspirin that works with a person’s body as compared to the COVID mRNA injection which permanently alters and disables a person’s God designed immune system.

Question 5: Should taking a COVID-19 vaccine be required?

During a CNN interview about the COVID-19 vaccine in May, Graham said, “I would encourage people to pray about it, think about it. I would never want to tell somebody that they have to have it.”

He added, “I think the government would make a big mistake to mandate this. It’s a personal choice.”

Even Graham agrees no person should be forced to take the current vaccines. Many states have already passed bans against the use of so-called “vaccine passports” to stop such actions.

In most situations, businesses and employers are not able to require you to tell them whether you have had a vaccination. The decision to do so is part of your health privacy. Even members of Congress are not required to report whether they have had a vaccination.

Despite what someone may tell you, a COVID-19 vaccination is not required. Some employers and schools are beginning to make the vaccination a requirement in recent weeks and are facing legal challenges as a result.

The question of whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine is not as simple as viewing it as an answer to prayer. Believers are called to both prayer and wise discernment regarding this potentially life altering choice, not simply following the encouragement of conflicted political figures or religious leaders who present a biblically inconsistent argument.

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