Christian Nationalism is Becoming a Barrier to Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19

This morning I read a column in the Religion News Service that looked at how Christian nationalism is becoming a greater barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19. As a former evangelical it astounds me that so many can be ignorant or care less about their neighbor. Even more astounding for me is when I think of all the Bible studies I have done over the years and how ignorant white evangelicals are toward the God they claim to serve and follow. 

“When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.”

Jennifer Pahlka

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 NIV

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White evangelicalism seems to be becoming more ghetto. It appears to be becoming more hostile, radicalized and harmful. The leading group opposed to vaccination in the COVID-19 pandemic is now white evangelicals. Their neighbors be damned. Their communities be damned. Those who don’t walk lock step with them in their echo chamber and agree with them 100% of the time must also be damned. Some of what I read in a column in the Religion News Service this morning highlight why I have long ago left evangelicalism. Take a read at, “Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19.”  In information presented by Monique Deal Barlow look at how big the gulf is. When it comes to atheists 90% have received or will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In contrast when it comes to white evangelicals only 54% have received or will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Jesus once taught you are to love your neighbor as yourself. White evangelicals are giving their neighbor and the God they claim to love the middle finger instead. This story shows how ignorant white evangelicals are of the Jesus they claim to love and serve. 

Its time to leave evangelicalism people. 

3 thoughts on “Christian Nationalism is Becoming a Barrier to Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19

  1. As a former evangelical it astounds me that so many can be ignorant or care less about their neighbor.

    Doesn’t astound me.

    The Evangelical Gospel became a Gospel of Personal Salvation and ONLY Personal Salvation; which is at its core a Selfish Gospel. Primary goal is to make sure you pass the Great White Throne and/or Rapture Litmus Tests and stay out of Hell. Very easy to slip into a ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! orientation worthy of Ayn Rand or Donald Trump (and justify it by long prayers and proof texts).

    Add Limbaughization and Culture War Victory, and what astounds you above becomes a logical progression and corollary.

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  2. White evangelicals are giving their neighbor and the God they claim to love the middle finger instead.

    As well as making Christian(TM) synonymous with Typhoid Mary/COVID reservoir.
    i.e. “Jesus Christ, Super-spreader”.

    Especially when it’s a race between vaccinations and COVID mutation; the more it spreads, the more it mutates. Just this morning there was news that the South African strain seems to be mutating its way around the vaccines.

    And on Prof Fea’s blog there was a link to an article about Christians(TM) being the most vaccine-resistant. Including preachers preaching that the vaccine is The Mark of the Beast. Did not mention how many of said preacher’s Faithful had MAGA hats permanently grafted to their foreheads.

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