Let’s play a quick game of this or that? But first, let me tell you the rules. Rule #1- You have to pick something, you can’t choose both options or create your own answer.
Here we go.
How did you do? I’m sure for some people the task of choosing one option over the other wasn’t a problem. However, I believe that for most of you, there was a little hesitation with choosing which option you preferred. Maybe you said to yourself something like, “Well, it depends on the situation,” or “I really like both but I’ll just choose this one for now.” Either way, you had to choose something, you couldn’t complete the task without making a decision.
Have you noticed that nowadays, that’s how the world is. You either have to choose this option or that option. You can’t be in the middle about anything. Either you’re a Saints fan or a Cowboys fan, you can’t cheer for both teams just because you love the game of football. Either you’re a liberal or a conservative, you can’t have view points that intertwine both sides. Either you’re with the Black Lives Matter movement or you’re not, you can’t have your own opinion on the matter. The list goes on and on. Why is it this way? Why can’t I like salt and pepper in my grits and cheese grits too? Why can’t I profess my blackness and with the same mouth, say that if I was in the position of some of these police officers I would have shot too?
In the wake of SARS CoV-2 and the development of the COVID vaccine I’ve witnessed a lot of “side taking” by liberals and conservatives, religious groups and non religious groups, medical professionals and the general public, and racial groups too. I’ve heard some people say that if you don’t take the vaccine you’re crazy and others say that if you do take the vaccine you’re crazier. Some say that if you’re a Christian and take the vaccine you don’t have faith that God will protect you and Christians who do take the vaccine say that if you’re a Christian and you don’t take the vaccine you’re not using the brain that God gave you. It’s just so confusing, right! Why do I have to pick a side? Why can’t I be a conservative who believes whole heartedly in my faith and still make the decision for myself to get vaccinated. Or, why can’t I be a well educated medical professional who holds fast to my Christian beliefs and decides to not get vaccinated. Is either situation wrong?
A couple of months ago, I was in a meeting with other nurses and of course it was asked if everyone in attendance had gotten vaccinated. I remember one nurse stating that she was still on the fence about it. Everyone looked to me to respond to her statement being that I was the highest credentialed nurse in the room. In my response to her, I remember saying that as long as she was comfortable with the consequences that comes with whatever decision she ends up making that’s all that matters. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and whether we agree with it or not, their decision should be respected. Yes, even with their health.
It seems to me that the arenas of politics and religion have a strict “this or that” type of mentality. Either you’re on this side and believe all of these things or you’re on the other side and believe all of those things. Now don’t get me wrong and take this all out of context. There are some decisions that require you to be all in or all out, you absolutely cannot ride the fence on them (Deuteronomy 30:19, Revelations 3:16). Find your happy place and stand flat footed in it, being unbothered by anyone else’s opinion.
As a healthcare provider I make it my point to tread lightly in giving my personal opinion on certain things. I’ve witnessed first hand the good and bad of sharing personal opinions or view points with patients and those alike. However, I do make it my business to make sure that my patients are well educated so that they can make the best decision for theirselves. I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to tell you all my personal opinion on whether you should or shouldn’t get vaccinated so that way you can pick a side.
Here it goes. I believe in God and Science. I believe that Science and God are not separate entities. They are one in the same. I believe that God created all things thus, He’s responsible for Science. I also believe that God created the Scientist and instilled in the Scientist the ability to do what he/she does. Now, what that Scientist does with the gift that God gave him/her is a whole other topic. I also believe that God has given each one of us the innate ability to reason...that’s one reason why we have a brain in the first place. God gives us the instructions on how we should live our life however, He still allows us to choose our own fate. So, I’ll choose to believe in God and Science. I’m not going to choose one or the other because as I stated before, to me, they are one in the same. That’s my personal opinion and I’m sticking with it. Whether you interpreted my personal opinion to believe that I’m vaccinated or not, a person of faith or a person living in fear that’s your opinion, and I respect that. My goal was to tell you that no matter which vaccine option you choose, know that you do not have to choose God over Science or Science over God. Also, know that God is not giving out brownie points for those who chose either route.
Who you with?
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