This is an open letter to the head of the EFCA SE District Glen Schrieber. As many white evangelicals are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine due to conspiracy theories, fringe politics and the rejection of science. Is Glen Schrieber going to be a positive force and be a role model when it comes to taking the vaccine and encourage pastors and leadership in the EFCA SE District? The failure to do so will mean further unnecessary loss of life. And this blog would argue that an evangelical leader who fails to do the right thing would be like the Jewish Priest walking by the Good Samaritan.
“The Church has failed to be a positive influence for good in our nation and our world.“
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31 NIV
This is a brief open letter, I am working around all EFCA districts because I believe the response by the EFCA in the COVID-19 crisis has been a failure. You are the first one to get this letter. Recently I wrote about the moral failure of Greg Strand and Kevin Kompelien to set an example to encourage vaccination. You can read that in, “The Moral Failure of The EFCA’s Greg Strand and Kevin Kompelien to be a Role Model in Covid Vaccination and Help Mitigate a National Pandemic.”
Recent press reports in The New York Times, Boston Globe and other newspapers discuss how evangelicals are rejecting the COVID vaccine in rural areas. Its due to either the rejection of science or the embrace of conspiracy theories. Science is even suggesting that the nation may not reach herd immunity due to white evangelical Christians. You can read the original news stories in the following posts, “Recommended Read in The Boston Globe: A Baptist Pastor’s Battle to Get Evangelicals and Skeptics to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine in North Carolina” and “The New York Times Asks if White Evangelicals Are Going to Drag Out the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States Due to their Opposition to Science.” The EFCA has a presence in rural areas of North Carolina, Florida, George, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. As the head of the EFCA SE District what are you doing to live as an example and encourage others to take the COVID vaccine? Are you talking about having taken the COVID shot? Have you gently encouraged others to and remind Christians of their responsibility to love their neighbor? If you stay silent on this topic Glen, then this blog would suggest you are like the Jewish high priest walking by the good Samaritan. More people will die than is necessary. Many have died when they do not have to. The vaccines according to science are effective. Plus science is also discovering psychological effects to the coronavirus. We eradicated polio once in our nation’s history. We can also eradicate COVID-19.
Are you going to play a role in helping to end the greatest medical crisis in the United States since the 1918 Spanish Flu? Or are you going to sit idly by and do nothing? This blog hopes you take the right course of action. If your faith is vibrant and you love your neighbor than its clear what needs to take place. Otherwise I would question your faith especially after the loss of life that has taken place. The choice and legacy are yours. Are you going to take the right course of action and set the example in the EFCA SE District?