This week on Into the Pray, we talk again with Dave Brennan of CBRUK to hear his thoughts on the important and pressing question, "Should I have the COVID vaccine?".
As you will hear, this question can't really be considered without referencing the wider COVID-19 context and, at the very least, being prepared to question the narratives that are being spewed out by the likes of the BBC.
- What role is propaganda playing in this?
- What ethical questions should you consider when thinking about the vaccine?
- What facts should we have firmly in mind as Christians?
- How do the vaccines relate to abortion and fertility issues?
- Will the vaccine become mandatory?
Of great concern to myself and Mairi, as those who have not yet been offered the vaccine and haven't had sufficient time to think about it, are those who have already received the vaccine but who also feel like they were pressured into making a decision.
Mairi, Nick and Dave will be discussing/praying about this in next week's episode - i.e. the potentially huge pastoral issue that there is unfolding for the most vulnerable in our society (the eldest among us) who have had the least amount of time to research/think/pray about the vaccines.
The older generations are not only most vulnerable in physical terms (hence the first to be offered the vaccine) but potentially also in other ways such as in spiritual terms. What if you've taken the vaccine but subsequently wished you hadn't?
We will be hosting a podcast every week to cater for these kinds of question.
You can watch a video version of this conversation here.
Related reading to this episode:
At least for consideration, our friend Steve Buckley's podcast re the general COVID situation here:
For critical reading see Malcolm Duncan on the conscience issue of the vaccine here:
Further reading on this issue can be found on Dave Brennan's website here.
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Finally, here is a song that we have been comforted by in recent stormy days.
Come, Lord Jesus!