By Mark Finley
The worried look on Tom’s face indicated that something was troubling him. Due to a government mandate regarding vaccination requirements, he was about to lose his job. For various reasons he had chosen not to receive the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.
As I sat quietly listening to his concerns, my heart was touched. Here was a young adult who was going to lose his job because of his “conscientious convictions.” The issue here was not my personal understanding of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine or whether I had been vaccinated or not. The issue was compassion — an understanding of and concern for a brother in Christ.
The Scriptures are clear: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2, ESV). My friend was bearing a burden. He had a wife and family to support. I sensed the seriousness of the situation and wanted to be sure he was making an intelligent decision that was based on scientific evidence and not misinformation. Losing his job would be significant, and my desire was to bear his burden with him and provide any counsel that might be helpful. READ MORE.