The EFCA has been silent on vaccination against COVID-19. With Trinity International University it took the Illinois governor to require vaccinations. Inside Minneapolis the national EFCA leadership has also been silent on encouraging vaccination. And this blog is trying to find out if the EFCA’s ReachGlobal requires vaccination. Against all this there is an EFCA Missionary in Japan pleading with people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Its a start but the EFCA still has a long way to go if they actually want to show they love their neighbor.
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.“
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
EFCA ReachGlobal’s Kevin Moore
Its not the greater EFCA. Its not Greg Strand. And its not Kevin Kompelien. But at least there is someone in the EFCA who understands the issues with COVID-19 enough to encourage people to get vaccinated. In this post we are discussing the EFCA’s ReachGlobal Kevin Moore who is based in Japan.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 in the United States the EFCA seemed to be very pastoral about it. This blog noticed and wrote the following post called, “During the COVID-19 Outbreak President Kevin Kompelien is Calling on the EFCA to Pray for Those Afflicted by the Disease.” Then when news of a vaccine was learned this blog wrote a post about how the EFCA could play a unique role in advocating for people to get vaccinated and also show in the process that faith and science can co-exist. You can read that post in, “In a Key Moment in American History Here is How the EFCA Should Roll Out the COVID-19 Vaccine in a Safe, Effective Way for the Denomination.” But as time dragged on the EFCA was silent about vaccination. What the larger EFCA was communicating was indifference and apathy in many ways. After a few months this blog called out both Greg Strand and Kevin Kompelien for their moral failure to love their neighbor, model love and set an example for the EFCA. In contrast, for example Dolly Parton took the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged others to get vaccinated. Did Kevin Kompelien take the COVID vaccine and encourage the EFCA to get vaccinated? Is there a picture the EFCA President getting vaccinated that the evangelical organization published or shared on social media or publications? To the best of my knowledge no that did not occur. Did Greg Strand use his position at the national EFCA blog to explain the theological reasoning as to why Christians should be vaccinated? No he did not. You can read about all this 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,” and “As the Delta Varient Soars In the Covid-19 Pandemic the EFCA’s Greg Strand Stays Silent on the National Blog and Will Not Explain the Theological Reasoning for Vaccination.” This blog is trying to find out if the EFCA’s ReachGlobal is encouraging their missionaries to be vaccinated. To date I do not have an answer. This blog does know that when it came to the EFCA’s Trinity International University and COVID vaccination it took the Illinois governor’s mandate for a Christian school to love their neighbor. And that was after many secular and private schools around Trinity were putting in vaccination protocols or had them already in place. That became another failure by Trinity and the EFCA and can be read about in, “Trinity International University Complies With Illinois Governor Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination. In the End it Took JB Pritzker to Require Trinity to Love Thy Neighbor.” But when it came to missionary work and vaccination, the silence by the EFCA stands in sharp contrast with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which encouraged their missionaries to be vaccinated. And the other day the Southern Baptist’s International Missions Board required their missionaries to become vaccinated. To read more about both you can go to, “The Mormon Church Encourages Its Missionaries to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine. Meanwhile If White Evangelicals Reject Vaccination Does That Mean That Missionary Work is Ending?” and also these news articles here and here.
EFCA ReachGlobal’s Kevin Moore Encourages Vaccination Against COVID-19
Kevin Moore is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles where he was involved in Cru. At the prominent University of California school he studied bioengineering where he graduated in 2017. He maintains a photography business on the side and instead of going into medicine he joined the EFCA ReachGlobal in January of 2018. He wrote an article at the national EFCA blog about his journey into the missionary field which you can read in, “A Millennial’s Journey to Missions.”
But while the rest of the EFCA remains silent about vaccination Kevin Moore called on people to get vaccinated at his Facebook page on August 19, 2021. This is what he wrote.
Kevin then pushed the following op-ed from a doctor in the Los Angeles Times encouraging people to get vaccinated saying that people are getting tired of the unvaccinated dragging out this pandemic. You can read that op-ed in, “Op-Ed: As a doctor in a COVID unit, I’m running out of compassion for the unvaccinated. Get the shot.”
Its not much but its a start. Its someone in the EFCA who is encouraging others to get vaccinated. This blog which focuses on the EFCA has noticed a lot of silence with some exceptions that you can find occasionally. For example in the Western District of the EFCA there is an Acts 29/EFCA hybrid church encouraging vaccination. You can read about The Porch in San Francisco in, “The EFCA/Acts 29 The Porch in San Francisco, California is Encouraging Its Congregation to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19.” Then this blog has noticed other situations where EFCA churches don’t wear face masks, don’t practice social distancing and downplay science. While face masks can be a local city mandate an EFCA church certainly doesn’t need to have governmental guidance in order to show love, compassion and choosing to do the right thing. This blog recently traveled and blogged about the EFCA in Eastern Kansas. Josh Black’s First Free Wichita buried a person who died of COVID-19 while I was in Wichita, Kansas. And when I was at First Free Wichita I noticed not many people wearing face masks, or practicing social distancing. It leads me to ask the following question. Did an EFCA worship service kill an immune compromised women? You can read about that in, “A Visit to First Free Wichita in Kansas and Some Thoughts.”
What is encouraging about Kevin Moore’s observation is that he can see the waste, squandering and extended suffering which is unnecessary in the first world nation we call home. In the United States it is white evangelicals who are rejecting vaccination and dragging out this pandemic. Do they love their neighbor? No they do not. As I have said before at this blog when you compare the behavior of American evangelicals to Christians in Europe when the plague stalked the land – it is night and day. Just the other day it was reported that atheists are 90% vaccinated against COVID-19 with one shot. This blog wrote about that in, “90% of American Atheists are Vaccinated With One Shot Against COVID-19. This Blog Poses the Question…if the United States Were Far More Secular Would the Pandemic be Over?” Christians if they practiced faith and actually cared would be first in line to get vaccinated. If they did that they could help bring the pandemic to an end and save lives. Evangelical witness is cheep and perhaps the ongoing issues with evangelicalism could be considered another pandemic here in the United States. This blog in this example wants to give a shout out to Kevin Moore for doing what other evangelicals have failed to do. Embrace science and vaccination. In the process the EFCA missionary has demonstrated that he loves his neighbor and shows compassion in the process. How I wished that existed in the greater American evangelical church.