(September 6, 2021) Maureen McQuillan shares a concern…

Not a response to a question this month, but simply my thoughts about someone overseas that we were informed made the following comment – ‘Well, I’m not getting covid-19 vaccinations! It’s all a hoax. If God wants to take me home to heaven by covid-19, then that’s okay with me.’ Straight off, I thought along these three lines…

1. How irresponsible!
That’s what I immediately thought. Would this person (Let’s call him ‘Mr X’) walk out onto a busy road without looking right or left because of an attitude of ‘Well, If God wants to take me home to heaven by a terrible car crash, then okay.’ I doubt it!

2. Thoughtlessness regarding others!
Scripture is very clear… Jesus commanded us in various passages such as Mark 12:33 to love our neighbours. Leviticus 19:16 is very strong: ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbour’s life. I am the Lord.Paul wrote in Romans13:10 ‘Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.’

But people like Mr X have no consideration for others and local government requirements! If such careless people catch covid-19 there would be concerned relatives, not to mention already overpacked hospitals and flustered, over worked medical staff. A major concern with the current Delta strain is that people in our communities (especially those who won’t wear masks) could catch this virus unknowingly and be spreading it before it’s caught on. And oh what covid-19 sick hospitalised people are suffering! No wonder we hear of many pleading from their hospital beds that we be wise and not only wear masks but get vaccinated as our governments require!

3. Disrespectful of God!
And… it’s almost as if this person isn’t grateful for the life God has given him and has a wrong attitude of not caring about themselves let alone others! The Christian message has always been about achieving in life and benefitting others as well as sharing our testimony. It seems to me that Mr X is especially dishonouring Jesus who fulfilled his life’s purpose.

Seems like Mr X has deep problems and is carelessly, thoughtlessly saying, ‘God, I couldn’t care less about myself or how I could be a blessing to others. I don’t care what happens to me.’

I would be challenging people like ‘Mr X’ (‘Mrs X’ or ‘Miss X’) … and, of course, praying for them. And reminding them of Ephesians 5:15-17Mge: ‘So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.’ 

Footnote: Sadly we’ve just heard that Mr X’s wife has caught covid-19 and has been hospitalised. We really feel sorry for them both and are praying for them
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  1. Not an ‘easy’ topic to address Maureen. Thank you for these scriptural and relevant thoughts, I am among those who believe when Jesus said ‘Those who are well don’t need a doctor — only the sick’ that his sovereign hand ‘works’ through the world of medicine when it is used for our well-being and so my wife and I have been fully vaccinated, trusting ourselves to the Lord.

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