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One of the passages in the Bible that shocked me first time I read it was Deuteronomy 23:13 (KJV) – “And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee”.
If the King James Version is very classy, here is Deuteronomy 23:13 in the New American Standard Bible (NASB) – “and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement”. Don’t leave your ‘caca’ exposed!
Here among the laws God gave Israel, is a law telling them to practice good hygiene – basic but essential. Consider that there were about 2 million of them in camp in the hot desert of Sinai, good hygiene was essential to avoid diseases. Why would a God who could heal them of all diseases, be concerned about good hygiene? At creation, God put Adam in Eden and told him to care for it (see Genesis 2:15).
The Bible teaches the need for human effort plus divine oversight in human affairs; it is not one or the other, it is both. Thus as the COVID virus assaults us, it is good that we take all hygienic precautions while humbly seeking God to safely see us through this testing period. The COVID vaccine is one of such hygienic precaution; it is right that it is voluntary, it is right that many question its safety.
My wife and I studied the science of the vaccine and it looks good; what about bad faith persons wishing to use this vaccine to hurt people; this possibility has always existed with the Yellow Fever, the Smallpox, the Polio, and the Meningitis vaccines. These are vaccines most of us have taken in the past and our children will continue to take in the future. So, if you are going to decline the COVID vaccine because of bad faith persons, you may have to decline all vaccines henceforth.
Nonetheless, my wife and I believe in prayers, and we have prayed that our choice to take the vaccine does not put us in danger known and unknown. We also trust in the words of the Bible in Romans 8:38-39 (NASB) – “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing [including vaccines] will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Lord, lead us in the right path in this matter, in Jesus name, Amen!