Hello BioLogos Community,
In New South Wales, Australia, vaccinated people currently have many freedoms restored (we just came out of a 4 month lockdown). However, unvaccinated people have not been given the same freedoms. They will be given freedoms on either 15th Dec or when our state reaches 95% vaccinated adults (we’re sitting just over 90% now).
The government believes we are likely to hit a 95% vaccination rate in December, which is why they pushed back unvaccinated freedoms, to try to incentivize that higher rate. I figure the higher the vaccination rate when unvaccinated people get their freedoms back, the less deaths there will be as a result (saving lives has really been the main goal over here). Our NSW government has allowed unvaccinated people to go to church though, thankfully. So I wasn’t too concerned by this differentiation in freedoms while we try to reach that target.
However, I have noticed many of my Christian friends and family, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are pretty much done with the restrictions. They’re just not following them anymore if they can get away with it. They are meeting in homes, posting the photos on social media, and inviting unvaccinated people into large groups, despite current emergency restrictions.
This surprised me. I thought as Christians, they would be more careful to follow Government Restrictions not because of their respect for government (which many don’t have anymore) but because of their respect for God. If you’re a Christian you know what I mean by this. We follow the government unless the government are blatantly going against one of God’s commands.
In order for their conscience to allow this disregard of the current emergency laws, they must believe the government are going against God’s commands somehow. I’m not sure exactly what the Biblical argument for this would be, I imagine it is something to do with showing favoritism.
Some of these friends view our government’s decision as a totalitarian one, and they put the unvaccinated into the same category as the Jews in WWII. So they think by allowing unvaccinated people into their homes and events, they are being the good Christians. So I’m feeling really awkward trying to follow rules at the moment.
I’d appreciate a bit of feedback on this tricky situation. Does the government have good enough reason to make this social distinction considering the data on vaccines? Or is there something I might be missing here?
Thanks in advance!