More About That Religious Exemption

The “Vax Net” is getting larger. Healthcare providers, government employees and contractors, soldiers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, airline employees, teachers, coaches, and more are on the growing list. More will be added. I promise. I have seen this movie before. Hubris knows no bounds. O, and about coaches, the net has caught me. If you did not know, I am the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Sound Christian Academy.

I am receiving daily inquiries from church members on how to respond. A growing number of our brothers and sisters are having to choose between a job or a jab.

If you have made your decision for the vax, fine. But that is the point. You made your decision. For those of us who have made ours but it does not satisfy the boss, the county’s director of health, the state’s governor, or the nation’s president—that is our point. It is our decision.

We can argue for such from the Bible, the Westminster Confession, the United States Constitution, the Washington State Constitution, and our conscience. And it is becoming clearer we may need to do so.

Your church leadership is gathering more information on how we can help our members who find themselves coerced. Expect more on this next week.

I close with this. Theology matters. What one believes translates to how one lives. Christianity is not limited to our salvation. The glorious gospel is God’s proclamation of redemption. But once saved, how are we to live? How are we to engage the world? A thoughtful theology based upon the Bible provides answers.

We live in trying times. Life is coming at us fast. We find ourselves in situations we have not been in before.

We can get through this together. You are not out there by yourself. Your God lives inside you and your church family has your back. You are never alone.

Pastor Rich Hamlin
August 19, 2021

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