An Open Letter to Glen Schrieber (Modeling COVID Vaccination in EFCA SE District)

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.  Continue reading

Q Anon: Considering the Issue of Evangelical Christian Smugness and How Evangelicals Are Sinning Against God

There were two discussions in the Q Anon subreddit forum that caught this blog’s attention. This post is a combination of two themes that were raised. They both deal with Q Anon and American evangelicalism, and they both show the issues of American evangelicalism. One deals with the evangelical smugness which I have seen over the course of time in different churches or ministries. The second thread deals with how those into Q Anon are ultimately sinning against God? Why they don’t trust God in the end. Feel free to chime in below with what you think. Continue reading

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

A disturbing article is published in The Boston Globe about a Baptist pastors’ struggles to get evangelicals to take the COVID-19 vaccine in a rural town in North Carolina. Will white evangelical’s deny the greater United States herd immunity and gift the country with a permanent forever pandemic?  Continue reading

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

This past weekend I had an interesting phone call with a friend who discussed how the pandemic is affecting him. When the conversation turned to his extended family he shared with frustration that his step parents have bought into a lot of disinformation and his oldest step mother is not planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for theological reasons. Then today in the New York Times Elisabeth Dias and Ruth Graham ask the question if rejection of the COVID-19 vaccine by white evangelicals can drag out the pandemic in the United States. So much for loving your neighbor as Jesus taught.  Continue reading

Christian Nationalism is Becoming a Barrier to Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19

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.  Continue reading

Franklin Graham Calls For Evangelicals to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19. His Followers Lash Out and Attack the Evangelist. The Lesson: If You Play with Fire You Will be Burned on Disinformation

Franklin Graham recently called on evangelicals to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Graham’s followers lashed out and called him a sell out, traitor, fool, and heretic. Franklin Graham has long stoked the fires of disinformation and now he is learning you can not ride the tiger of disinformation and not be consumed. The lesson of all this is that if you play with fire, you will be burned. Continue reading

In a Disturbing Story The Washington Post Writes About How Conspiracy Theories Are Dividing One Family

At The Washington Post recently a story was published that is deeply troubling. Its about how a conservative Roman Catholic is going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories as she chooses her own sources of information and deciding what fact is. Her journey has even taken her to reading white supremacist material. This Post story is about how conspiracy theories are dividing a family and the conflict that has arisen between her children and her mother. Tomorrow expect a blog post looking at white evangelicals and conspiracy theories and providing some additional analysis on the problem. This article in the Post is important to understanding conspiracy theories and yet its profoundly sad to read. As always this blog encourages you to support your local newspaper. Continue reading