Pushing and Shoving

Only on the football field and in other contact sports is pushing and shoving considered appropriate behavior. Otherwise, responsible parents teach their children to be considerate of others and to wait their turns. While you can visit any playground and find kids that have yet to master that lesson, most of the children are behaving better than adults seen on public platforms and in certain work places.

I was recently appalled at a military chaplain who bullied a soldier referred by a commanding officer for a religious exemption to taking the COVID vaccine. To protect confidentiality, I will not share the specifics, but let you know that the chaplain flatly rejected the soldier’s position, focusing instead on his own belief, and manipulating scripture from Ephesians 6:5 about the obedience of slaves to support it. In no way could our brave soldiers who voluntarily put their lives on the line to defend and protect our nation be considered slaves without personal rights. In the end, this chaplain announced that the soldier had NO grounds. Since when does any religious leader get to make a personal judgment against what Holy Spirit speaks to another believer when that message aligns with scriptural truth? Based upon the individual’s personal situation, there could actually be a number of reasons that genuinely qualify as religious exemptions.

An interesting scripture to consider is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. If a person believes or knows that the COVID vaccine is harmful to his body, he has the Constitutional freedom and right to refuse it. On the other hand, if a person believes that the COVID vaccine is good for and protects his body, he has the freedom and right to receive it. Our freedom of conscience guaranteed in the US Constitution equally allows one to take the jab, and another to reject it. Neither side is allowed to push and shove their beliefs upon the other. These differing viewpoints exist in my own family and among my friends, and proves the two can co-exist peacefully and respectfully.

But that is not what is happening in this country. It is both sad and horrifying that our president, governmental leaders, and the media are pushing a single agenda of forced compliance to taking the vaccine. They are attempting to control and subjugate the masses, enlisting cooperation from corporations to threaten livelihoods, which is both authoritarian and anti-liberty. Those who disagree with their rhetoric are being cancelled and maligned.

In that regard, they are trying to block the public testimonies of doctors who have successfully treated COVID-19 patients like Dr. Stella Immanuel whose 7,000 (and counting) COVID patients have experienced a 99%+ survival rate. She spoke, along with other practicing physicians, in a public forum on the steps of the Supreme Court in July 2020. Yet, from that moment, the United States government and the CDC has done their best to discredit her and her life-saving methodology. If, as Dr. Immanuel states, COVID-19 is very treatable and preventable, why the cover-up that is costing hundreds of thousands of lives, decimating our economy, and hindering our children’s education??

Only a godless, evil agenda would perpetuate such destruction of our nation and on our people. Is it any wonder that those promoting this subversive system wish to squash our freedoms, especially our First Amendment freedom of religion? Jesus is the particular threat: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) Jesus Himself testified, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.(John 10:10) It is very telling that the words of our Lord that bring life are not forced upon us. Jesus’ adherence to His Nature as the God Who saves, heals, and frees us allows us to choose Him or not.