Much ink has been spilled and angst experienced in some circles over the following: Vaccinations, their safety and efficacy. Vaccination passports. Restriction's and possible exclusion from public worship (and elsewhere in society). What are the implications of the Christian mandate to love our neighbour and to respect the governing authorities regarding these matters? Is there an overstepping of authority which raises questions as to whether we should conscientiously object or not? What is the way or path forward?
I recommend the following recent article by Megan Best, distributed by the Gospel Coalition Australia, because of its spiritually mature tone, thoughtfulness and the expertise evident. It is not an overly long read. Megan is an Ausstralian palliative care doctor, researcher, author and bioethicist.
“The recent announcement by the Australian government that increased freedoms would be available to citizens who were double vaccinated for COVID-19, or have exemption on medical grounds, has caused significant consternation in the Christian community. Issues of conscience and concerns about exclusion have been raised as reasons why such measures should not be introduced. This paper has been written to consider how Australian churches should respond.... “ (continue reading COVID vaccination and the Church here: https://au.thegospelcoalition.org/article/covid-vaccination-and-the-church/ ).
Questions and comments are welcome.
Warm regards and blessings,
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A Little About Me
I am Pastor Michael Steicke, often referred to as Pastor Mike. I have been a Lutheran Pastor for over 30 years, having served Parishes in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, before moving to Tasmania to be the Pastor of St Peters Lutheran Parish in Hobart at the beginning of 2016.