This post is a rant. Its a rant about white evangelicals who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I had to get this out of my system. Beware of bold thoughts, swear words and ranting about people who are dying who don’t have to die because of evangelical’s selfish behavior. If evangelicals are not going to get vaccinated I never want to hear them say they are Pro-Life again. Not when we have the worst medical crisis in over a century tearing apart communities. This is a post I needed to get off my chest.
“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.“
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV
At the base of the new World Trade Center in New York City looking up.
Before starting this blogger wants to let you know that this post will be a rant. A full blown rant that I need to get out of my system.
A Near COVID-19 Death and Finally Getting Vaccinated
I am going to start by telling you a story. A lot of information is going to be edited out. I am not going to say where this happened, or give you much background. I want to drive home a point about evangelicals and disinformation. In the course of writing this blog I crossed paths with someone who told me their family story. His Mom is deeply into conspiracies and also a Southern Baptist. She won’t touch a newspaper and gets all her information from Facebook, Fox News and One America Network. She rejected vaccination for months and keeps asking about conspiracy theories. From the start of the pandemic she denied COVID-19 existed. Refused to wear a face mask, and then she contracted COVID. It became so severe that she entered the hospital. By denying the situation she exposed family and friends to the coronavirus. Her Southern Baptist church is in denial and they have had multiple outbreaks. They refuse to social distance, wear masks or follow CDC guidance during a pandemic. In the hospital she refused to call it COVID. It made medical treatment difficult. And as she was being hooked up to oxygen to help her breath she still had to watch Tucker Carlson. She had to hear that COVID is just the flu. Her health declined in the medical crisis as she dealt with the coronavirus.
She almost died in the hospital and its a miracle she survived.
I heard all this and then my jaw dropped over what I heard next. After recovering she refused to call it COVID. Still wouldn’t practice social distancing or wear face masks. She is still taking in disinformation. What is the latest story? She believes that the Chinese are massing troops on the Canadian border getting ready to invade the United States. She also believes that Joe Biden is coordinating this invasion. Where did this come from? Facebook and her Southern Baptist friends. When the COVID-19 vaccine was invented her sons pleaded with her to get vaccinated. She refused. She also refused her doctor’s advice. She took the advice of social media and all the disinformation. And then not long ago after a lot of pushing, pressing and pleading she finally decided to get vaccinated in a CVS Pharmacy. She buckled. Her son was relieved beyond words that she got the first shot. Now they need to convince her to take the second shot of Pfizer.
What is even more amazing about this story? Its this aspect. This family years ago fled the Communists of an Eastern European country and immigrated to the United States. I am not going to say which country. It was one of the nations that fell in 1989 when the Iron Curtain broke open. They fled the Communist disinformation, craved free speech, and wanted to think freely. Now its four decades later. And she is swallowing all the disinformation on Fox News, and her Southern Baptist friends on Facebook. She is caught in a whirlpool of disinformation and some try to get her out of it. But its hard. I almost wanted to cry, especially as part of my heritage is Polish. But when I consider what they fled from in Eastern Europe and what they are consuming today, its depressing. From the Communist disinformation system and propaganda to Fox News and Tucker Carlson today. How sad is that?
Evangelicals I Don’t Want to Hear You Say You are Pro-Life if You Refuse Vaccination
We are in the midst of the worst medical crisis since the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920. Early on in the pandemic we didn’t have the vaccine and people were dying. I could grieve that and think what a tragedy. Today we have the vaccine. All the people who are dying today are unvaccinated and dying in places like Missouri, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Idaho, etc… Now all these deaths could be prevented. These are all states with high evangelical populations. If I threw a rock chances are I’d hit someone who is an unvaccinated evangelical. There are stories of people dying and families asking, “Well can’t you vaccinate them?” And then there are people dying who ask the doctors if they can get vaccinated as they made a mistake. I’ve read a number of stories these past few days and my knuckles were red with rage. People are dying when they don’t have to be dying. Meanwhile the evangelicals are screaming “Pro Life, Pro-Life, Pro-Life” They want to halt abortion and but then they refuse to get vaccinated and don’t give a rat’s ass about their neighbor. They spread the virus and exacerbate the situation. They still have their head in the sand about vaccination and science. And evangelicals in my view today are the merchants of death in how their behavior is resulting in people dying.
To the evangelicals who read this who are unvaccinated. I have to say this.
Stop the bullshit.
Grow a pair of balls and a heart and do the right thing.
Don’t talk about being a man and refuse to get vaccinated. Don’t tell me you are Pro-Life when you are just a transmitter for the Delta Variant. Don’t tell me you care about God and faith and the Bible and refuse to get vaccinated. Don’t be like Wade Burleson or the other evangelical pastors who won’t wear a mask and won’t get vaccinated. I will stop you and say you are full of shit. And call you out on BS. I could sympathize with you and grieve in July of 2020. I can not in July of 2021 not with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available.
And the thing that blows my mind as well. Is that some of you evangelicals won’t even ask your doctor about getting vaccinated! You do that because you know your primary care physician will want you to be vaccinated. Who the hell are you kidding? Why are you selling out your family and neighbors down the street. You don’t love them. Cut the bullshit.
Here’s what I predict. More articles in the future about evangelical culture wars. More disinformation. And more articles about deaths that could have been prevented. People not following social distancing guidelines or CDC guidance and breakouts of COVID in evangelical congregations.
Evangelicals you are far too predictable.
Prove me wrong. Email the proof that you got vaccinated. Show me that I am just full of shit. That’s my challenge to you. But if you continue your path don’t send me emails expressing concern about my soul. How I need Jesus or some bullshit claim. Its going to fall on deaf ears.
I just had to vent and get this off my system. And now it almost 1:00 a.m. I have said what I need to say. I can go to bed,