Jerry Falwell Jr. urges evangelicals to get vaccinated, however that is the one method the restrictions finish
So far, American citizens have been vaccinated at an amazing rate. Joe Biden completely exceeded his initial vaccination goals. And this week it was announced that a quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated.
However, there are still millions of people who are reluctant to get the shot. And a large percentage of people who don’t get vaccinated identify themselves as both evangelical Christians and Trump supporters.
Trump got the vaccine, but he did so privately without pushing his followers to get one. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s influential governor, did the same this week.
Some evangelical leaders were ready to tell their followers to be vaccinated. Franklin Graham recently wrote on Facebook:
“I was even asked if Jesus is now physically walking the earth, if he was an advocate for vaccines. My answer was that based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say, yes, I think Jesus Christ would stand up for people who use vaccines and medicines to treat ailments and save lives. “
And Jerry Falwell Jr., one of Trump’s biggest supporters, encouraged vaccines on Thursday. He wrote on Instagram: “Got the 1st Moderna vaccination today! The seat at Candlers Station (old TJ Maxx) was almost empty. Please get vaccinated so our governor’s idiot has fewer reasons for pointless restrictions! “
Of course, Falwell Jr.’s advice was half a deal. Vaccines are about the safety of others, not about removing restrictions. Regardless, vaccination is a wise decision for whatever reason.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.