It time to create vaccine passports that evangelicals need to produce if they want to attend worship or church functions. Its time for common sense, health and safety to take precedence so that the COVID-19 pandemic can be contained. Right now your ability to live is being infringed by those people, this blog will single out white evangelicals, who refuse to get vaccinated. Lets make this happen, and I hope this stirs up needed debate.
“Safety applies with equal force to the individual, to the family, to the employer, to the state, the nation and to international affairs. Safety, in its widest sense, concerns the happiness, contentment and freedom of mankind.”
William M Jeffers
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14, 16 NLT
North Coast Church
Imagine the following happening at the EFCA’s North Coast Church in Vista, California. North Coast is a mega church and part of the EFCA in the EFCA West District.
Before you go to church you have to provide your vaccination status to North Coast staff Monday through Friday when their office is open. The staff compile a database and you are checked off as you attend on Sunday morning. Then imagine those who are not vaccinated who have to provide a twice a week negative COVID test to the church so that they can attend Sunday services and also Bible studies or other events. Then imagine the church having an infra red gun that scans people’s temperature’s as they walk into the building. Let’s say someone has a higher temperature and on infrared it is caught and the individual is told they can’t attend and are encouraged to watch the service online.
Its technology and policy like this that this blog is advocating for as a way to create a safe environment that allows events to continue. Its a vaccine passport and its a step in the right direction for dealing with COVID-19. And it considers public safety.
Employing Temperature Scanners
Corporations and a lot of smaller companies are using temperature scanners in the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to protect employees and also catch people who are sick. This can be done easily and efficient and the reality is that if you go to a number of places today they already have this technology deployed even if you are not aware. My gym and dentist have this technology in use. An example of this technology is provided by the company Garda. But in your case it could be a camera in the door as you enter. Or a camera at the cash register or turnstile when you walk into your company for work. If you would like to read more about this go to the following articles. This technology is not guaranteed but it is popular.
- NPR, “More Companies Are Using Technology To Monitor For Coronavirus In The Workplace.”
- Here is how a Hartford, Connecticut hospital uses them.
Rolling Out Vaccine Passports for Entry
Vaccine passports are a reality in many parts of the world today and are quickly growing as a way to protect populations and countries. In France, according to the New York Times, Emmanuel Macron has said that if the French population can not show proof of vaccination then they can not access public spaces. Italy has followed suit. Israel, United Kingdom, and The European Union have stated that if you want to travel to their country you need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Well known Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific has rolled out vaccine passports if you want to fly. Even Fox News has required its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine Passports protect people and can play a role in saving lives. Combined with other technology like thermal temperature checks they can help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
If a Person is Not Going to Get Vaccinated They Need to Provide Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test
And that leaves us with the following question, what do we do about unvaccinated people who refused to get vaccinated? This blog would advocate for them to provide weekly COVID-19 testing that shows a negative result. Want to attend a Sunday worship service? Produce a negative COVID-19 testing result. Want to attend a Bible study? Produce a negative COVID-19 testing result. Want to work in Vacation Bible School? Produce a negative COVID-19 testing result. This needs to be enforced and there is growing evidence that even private corporations and companies are moving in this direction.
Vaccine Passports Will Save Lives
Its time for evangelical denominations to get on board and think of the public interest. If you are going to say you love Jesus and care about your neighbor, then you would get vaccinated. Many people, myself included, fid it ironic that evangelicals scream of rights while they intentionally put people’s health on the line or even limit other people’s ability to live. Why do we have to wear masks today? Because of the unvaccinated people who are not getting vaccinated. Or let me rephrase that. For the Southern Baptists in Alabama, the charismatic sin Texas, or the evangelicals in Missouri who are rejecting vaccination. Can we dispense with the cheesy BS Jesus loves you lingo and actually have some behavior to back it up? Want to show me you love God? Get vaccinated. This blog is calling for vaccine passports to be rolled out and made a part of public health policy. And this blog is aware that the tiny little brains of people like Greg Locke, Ken Peters, Jeff Dornik or Wade Burleson may explode over such a request. Well, its time, so be it. Let’s make vaccine passports happen and do this for the public good.