The gospel was preached by our Prime Minister on Monday November 9th in his press conference of which there is a snippet here. The message is that the vaccine is on its way and when it arrives all will be well.
Covid-19 has stricken many people physically, and many more have been stricken through the damage to the economy and their mental health. The impact has been phenomenal. The plight of our situation is real and well documented.
But now we have the prospect of deliverance from the plague and the prospect of a prosperous way ahead as we return to normal.
Now I do not want to downplay the mercies of our God in supplying a vaccine which may well save many lives. Neither do I want to get involved in the conspiracy speculation about what might be in the vaccine. What I do want to highlight though is what this all reveals about our society.
We are a nation that operates without reference to God or the soul. Saving the body and enjoying the here and now is what matters. What I can experience in the sentient part of my being determines everything. It’s all about what we can see and hear and how much enjoyment I can get therefrom. In such a situation Boris Johnson is the gospel preacher when he declares the coming vaccine.
Alas it is all ultimately a sham and a delusion. We are creatures with an eternal soul. We are made in the image of God and we function healthily when we are in fellowship for God. A healthy society focusses on God and our relationship with Him. A fear of God needs to prevail rather than a fear of plague and disease. We need to remember that it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement (Heb. 9:27). And furthermore we need to note that the call which leads to true life is found in these words of our Saviour: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! (Luke 12:4-5)
What is the worst thing that could happen as an outcome of this destructive virus ? It is for us to believe the vaccine gospel, act in faith and receive the vaccine and get on with out lives.
God has spoken through Covid-19 to shake us (see my piece here on this) and we have ignored it and said we know a better way than His. I fear much for a people that would take the route of embracing the salvation by vaccine, but ignore, even reject, the true salvation of our Lord Jesus. After all He, and he alone is the deliverer from the wrath to come and that is the biggest peril we face.