The Pro-life Movement has long appealed to the sanctity of human life as a founding principle to oppose abortion, euthanasia, Medical Assistance In Death, etc. To be pro-life is not just a position against the unnecessary ending of life, but a proclamation that life is a gift from God that should be protected and valued from conception to the end of natural life. The argument is made from a human rights perspective, that the fetus has a right to live.


One could argue that a truly pro-life position would hold pacifist views against war and the death penalty. That would be consistent with the teaching of Jesus and the intended Shalom in the Kingdom of God.


Those that hold a Pro-choice position would mostly agree that life is valuable but would quantify the mother’s choice over the unborn child’s right to live. If the mother does not want to have the child, they argue for her right to terminate the pregnancy. The same thinking applies to euthanizing those judged to lack a subjective quality of life. A person’s right to end their own life is also validated by appealing to individual sovereignty—the right to choose for oneself. This also would be enshrined in human rights.


So, you can imagine how it has struck me as odd to hear some vaccine hesitant Christians borrow the phrase of Pro-Choice advocates when they say, “My body, my choice” in referring to their personal health choice related to Covid-19 vaccines.


In the same way that pro-life and pro-choice appeal to science and human rights, we see a similar battle being waged over the legitimacy of Covid-19 vaccines and the infringement upon constitutional rights and freedoms embodied in Canadian Law and governance.

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In the divisive rhetoric and virtue signalling so apparent in our times, the follower of Jesus needs discernment to know whether to jab or not jab and why. We need to know whether submission to authorities is all-encompassing or whether there is a place for good citizens to act as conscientious objectors.


Here are some guidelines that I am following in the heated debates and legitimate concerns.


1.     I will not be giving anyone medical advice. It is not my place, but I will encourage people to do their own research whether they are for or against mRNA vaccination.

2.     I will encourage people to make choices that do not violate their personal conscience.

3.     I will encourage people to not assume any moral high ground because they are convinced of their rightness for or against. We are called to love those we do not agree with.

4.     I will try to not use the Bible to say things that it doesn’t clearly state.

5.     I will endeavour to promote the idea of being a good citizen and a good conscientious objector, when others may do something that your conscience forbids.



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