Mandating vaccinations opposes freedom
The Bible tells us that Christ set us free for the sake of freedom. In Galatians 5:1, God’s word states, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” If as followers of Christ, we desire to remain free, we should first find freedom from our sins. Secondarily, we should secure the physical freedoms He has blessed us with as well. For example, we should maintain the freedom to choose whether or not we are immunized.
For various reasons, there are those who believe that vaccinations should be mandated by the government. Mandating vaccinations opposes the freedom that God has already given us in order to choose to glorify Him with our bodies. We’re responsible and accountable to God for what we eat, drink, and medicate ourselves with. Gods word declares, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Mandating vaccinations is unreasonable
Most Christians and of course most Americans are aware that there are known risks involved with not receiving vaccinations. What may be understood to a lesser extent is that there are also known risks involved with receiving vaccinations. According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are serious health concerns associated with measles vaccine reactions. “As of November 30, 2018, there have been more than 92,844 reports of measles vaccine reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following measles vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 457 related deaths, 6,902 hospitalizations, and 1,736 related disabilities. Over 50 percent of those adverse events occurred in children three years old and under.”
There are additional risks to those who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as autoimmune disease and genetic mutations. Since there are risks to being vaccinated, the “shut up and take your vaccines” argument isn’t really helpful or valid. It would be great if there were a reasonable explanation as to why it would be a good idea to allow our government the power to force people to get vaccinated but it’s doubtful one actually exists. Vaccinating ourselves and our children is our decision to make based on our relationship with the Lord and how we apply His word to our lives. On the other hand, forcing people to vaccinate is simply unreasonable.