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.”
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
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.