The Vaccine Dilemma
A Sermon Series by Eric Ludy
The entire world has gone cuckoo. Or, at least, it would seem that way. And all this cuckoo-ness is forcing us as Christians to face decisions that are new, strange, and perplexing. We can attempt to ignore the issues of our day, but these issues are knocking on our front doors and coming to roost in our living rooms. But more disturbing is the fact that all this cuckoo-ness is breaking the Church of Jesus Christ apart. We are divided over how to handle the cuckoo-ness. This ought not to be.
In this message Eric Ludy uses the divisive issue of vaccinations along with Paul’s instructions in the book of 1st Corinthians in order to address the more pressing matter of how the Church ought to navigate these outrageous times.
The vaccine matter is a bigger challenge in the Church than many people these days realize. And that is due to the fact that for many, it’s not a matter of mere preference to get it or not get it, but of conviction. Conviction is a hard word that, wen used in that context, denotes “backed by conscience” not only by reason. And when men and women have “conviction” it make working alongside other believers, that don’t share the same conviction, very difficult. There are two distinct groups forming on this subject of the vaccine, even within the church. And it is essential that the Body of Christ not allow a two-group system to prevail. We as the Body of Christ must labor to find unity in what really matters and not allow the devil and the culture to play us like a banjo.
The western Church is facing a sizable challenge — a challenge that could easily split us as a body right down the middle. The question of the vaccine seems like such an odd intrusion into our world and decision-making. But, alas, here it is. Many believers got the vaccine right when it was released. Others, waited, hesitated, watched, evaluated, and then decided to get it. And there are still others that feel strongly that they should never get it, even if that means the loss of their job. And some would say, even to the loss of their life. An issue with this much packed inside it, needs strong Biblical direction and counsel. This message represents the third time Eric Ludy has approached this challenging topic. His desire? To help the Body of Christ stay united in and through this and that the individual members of the Body understand “how” to make decisions of life-importance that bear upon their conscience and the conscience of others around them.
Part Four (Bonus Thoughts)
In this short address, Eric Ludy adds some helpful thoughts to his series on the Vaccine — bringing even more clarity to how we as the Body of Christ can walk through this unique situation and stand united throughout.