Date: October 15, 2021 12:58PM
Many church leaders are rational and responsible when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging members to follow public health advice. For example, leaders in the Mennonite Church of Canada recently stated that rationale for exemptions must be indicated in their scriptures (and it isn’t). They also cite the paramount biblical teaching to love one’s neighbour as being embodied by getting vaccinated to help prevent spread of disease.
I like my religion to make sense. :)
On October 1, 2021: “Mennonite Church Canada’s executive ministers released a statement responding to inquiries from constituents regarding exemption from COVID-19 vaccines.”https://canadianmennonite.org/noexemptions
“The message, signed by Doug Klassen (Mennonite Church Canada), Garry Janzen (MC B.C.), Tim Wiebe-Neufeld (MC Alberta), Ryan Siemens (MC Saskatchewan), Michael Pahl (MC Manitoba) and Leah Reesor-Keller (MC Eastern Canada), states the following:
“For a religious exemption to be granted, rationale for exemption must be clearly indicated within our sacred texts or confessional statements.
“We wish to clarify that there is nothing in the Bible, in our historic confessions of faith, in our theology or in our ecclesiology that justifies granting a religious exemption from vaccinations against COVID-19.
“We have heard concerns from some members of our constituency regarding the vaccines. However, we do not believe these concerns justify an exemption from COVID-19 vaccinations on religious grounds from within a Mennonite faith tradition.
“From the earliest biblical writings, in the words of Jesus Christ and in ecclesial writings since Jesus’ ascension, the command to love God and love our neighbour is paramount. Vaccinations allow us to live out this command. Not only do they reduce the severity of symptoms for those who become infected with COVID-19, but they reduce the risk of spreading the virus to those around us. We also note that individuals should make personal health care decisions based on advice given by their doctors.”
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/15/2021 12:59PM by Nightingale.