Want to start a conversation?
Ask someone if they’ve gotten the vaccine.
People who would never speak about politics, race, or religion don’t hesitate to tell you what they think about getting a shot.
And for the most part, people have been willing to listen.
The pandemic is a global problem, but the solution is intensely personal: Baring a part of your body so a stranger behind a mask can inject you with a substance labeled “For use under Emergency Use Authorization.”
The creation of not one, but three vaccines in less than a year might just go down as one of humankind’s greatest achievements.
But taking the shot requires deep trust.
Think of all the things that have to happen before the vaccine gets to you. Years of research, experiments, trials, approvals, manufacturing, logistics, storage, and more. All that has to go just right for the vaccine to be safe and effective.
It all seems like a miracle to me. Jana and I were pleased to get shots as soon as we could.
And faithful Christians can also choose not to.
Long ago, God sent his one and only Son from the perfect safety of heaven into the chaos of the world to bring the cure for what is ultimately wrong with us.
The cure for sin meant way more that rolling up his sleeve and getting stuck with a needle. It meant getting stripped naked and nailed to a cross.
Shouldn’t that humble us all to the dust?
Shouldn’t that help us to listen to each other? Just doing that would be a miracle too.
Whether we choose to get the shot or not.