I couldn't have said it better than Pope Francis. And not just because my Spanish is "very bad." In a public-service announcement today, he called getting vaccinated "an act of love."
I think that's exactly the right way to think about it. That's the right way to frame it. That's the actual truth.
My whole career is an attempt to help people make their own decisions about their own bodies. But the decision to get vaccinated is not about one's own body any more than the decision to drive on the right side of the road is about one's own car.
Vaccination is about everyone. Even if you're not very concerned for your own wellbeing, you do it for others. Even if you aren't bothered that millions of people have died, and you wouldn't mind seeing millions more die ... actually I don't know how to finish that sentence.
I can't bring myself believe 100 million Americans just don't care about other people at all. So I'm choosing to believe that they just haven't considered the decision to get vaccinated in that light. The church might be uniquely positioned to turn the tide on anti-vaccine sentiment by making this "do unto others" sentiment abundantly clear.
I hope more denominations speak up.
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