Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Romans 15:1-2).
There are different views regarding being inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Some people have said that their faith will protect them from COVID-19, hence they will not take the vaccine, while others have shared that Jesus told them not to take it. It is possible that their faith is strong enough to protect them, which would be good. However, we do not live for ourselves only, we live for others as well.
We all have different measures of faith, hence some people’s faith is stronger than others. Those whose faith are strong have an obligation to protect those of weaker faith. In light of this, perhaps they could consider refraining from publicly talking about their powerful faith, conversations with Jesus, and refusal to take the vaccine. This would prevent those weaker in faith from emulating them to their own detriment and that of others.
The Bible encourages us to love our brother. Love is one of the greatest virtues mentioned. We are to look out for the interests of others and not only our own. Therefore, those who are strong in faith ought to consider the interests of their weaker brethren. And, in the true spirit of love, they could take the vaccine to encourage those who are weak to do the same. They can forego their “freedom” to benefit others. Finally, they should not let their strong faith cause their brother to stumble (Romans 14-15).