More Distractions

Yesterday I was sent the same video by two friends. In the video a woman with a self confessed ignorance of the subject pointed out, in bordering on hysterical tones, that the ingredients in the Astra Seneca vaccine being developed in the UK included some that she found objectionable.

The reason for her objection to the ingredients being used is that at least one of them (MRC-5 see above table) was derived from some processes carried out many years ago which involved an innocent child that was probably murdered.

Of course, as Christians, we are well aware of the murder of another innocent person and God’s wonderful ability to redeem that murder and through it bring about the salvation of many (John 3:16 anyone?).

But that perspective is not one that can be applied here it seems. It seems that many people now have to be afraid and resist with all their fear the potential life saving consequences of the death of the innocent. As if there wasn’t any possibility of redemption when it comes to abortion or vaccines.

But let everyone be convinced in their own mind.

I’m just saying that there are different ways of looking at things.

Your viewpoint shouldn’t be used to create fear or division among us nor should mine. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of people sowing fear and division with their strongly held positions about all sorts of things nowadays.

I was reading this passage from Hebrews (Chap. 13) this morning and I believe it has some relevance:

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating certain foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 

For our hearts to be strengthened by grace we need to realise how little we really know about all that God saves us from on a daily basis. Some people, much better qualified than I, have spent a lot of time looking into what we ingest or put on or into our bodies. Very little, if any, of it is uncontaminated by exploitation, injustice, murder and other crimes. If our hearts aren’t strengthened by grace and mercy we have nothing. None of us are in a position in this fallen world to get every aspect of our lives right. We all depend on grace.

I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 

Paul in 2 Cor. 11 nails it on the head (as you might expect).

Don’t be distracted! Leave alone the things you know nothing or little about and don’t be sowing fear and discord among people. Concentrate on hearing what God is saying to you. We have disciples to make and a kingdom to see come from heaven to earth. You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus with a wonderful ability to do things only you can (Eph. 2:10). Don’t follow the crowd. Follow Him.

Here is something simple and true:

Thank God He loves you.

Praise God He is in you.

Worship Him so you can know what His perfect will is for you.

Do that perfect will.

Repeat 7 times a day or before you say or do anything in response to this or any other post.

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