I’ve written before on faith and vaccines here – https://tinyurl.com/yb5ydlf2
In the first post, I specifically discussed the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). For this one, I want to address the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I first want to say that there is a ton of misinformation about this from a Christian faith perspective. I’m seeing people who have not been anti-vax reading misinformation about the COVID19 vaccines and becoming against it from a faith perspective. But, many are being misled by the misinformation. Instead of calling out the bad articles with the misinformation (because there’s a lot of them AND because they are sneaky), let me give you some of the most trusted voices of faith about the vaccines.
✅1. Dr. Russell Moore – Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a conservative who values the sanctity of life. He wrote an incredible article on the J&J vaccine, specifically related to people’s worries about the use of fetal cells.
✅2. Dr. Moore also met with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US NIH and a deeply devout Christian, to discuss the moral implications of vaccines and fetal cell lines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er7XjryDHkg&feature=youtu.be
✅3. Statement for pro-life Catholic Scholars https://eppc.org/news/statement-from-pro-life-catholic-scholars-on-the-moral-acceptability-of-receiving-covid-19-vaccines/
✅4. If you want to read more about the history of fetal cell use, go here: https://www.facebook.com/friendlyneighborepidemiologist/posts/219350909687566?fbclid=IwAR0eHoqBzERQhA0d0qG-gkqX2YSxM7kumjI1IddahyoMNubguXHGtLyukws and here: https://dearpandemic.org/johnson-johnson-janssen-vaccine-ingredients/
✅ I want to end with a quote from Dr. Moore which summarizes my thoughts on this issue: “We should—as people committed to the dignity and sanctity of human life—continue to work to make sure that unjust means are never used, even for good purposes. That does not mean, though, that whenever knowledge is found by such means that we should pretend that we do not know it or that we should refuse to safeguard future lives with such knowledge.
Again, I am not suggesting that every vaccine necessarily might involve unethical aspects of research, but simply that, even if some do, that fact does not mean that a Christian inoculated from disease by such a vaccine would be sinning to do so. Taking the COVID vaccine is morally right.
The work of our medical experts, the pharmaceutical industry, government authorities, and research institutes is astounding, to have come up with a vaccine so quickly. That does not mean that we would necessarily endorse every step of the process in discovering the knowledge to find it. But it does mean that, when it comes to a way to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our mission field from a disease that has killed far too many, we are right, in a time of thanksgiving, to give thanks where thanksgiving is due.”
-Friendly neighbor epidemiologist