With the characteristic self-absorbed narcissism that marks the GQP antichrist cult, we find this sentiment everywhere among the antivaxers:
It reminds me of this:
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” (Mt 4:5–7).
You may as well claim that the Providence of God will protect you as you play Russian Roulette. Or that you can fire randomly into a crowd and God will protect you from murdering somebody.
And with utter predictability, COVID rages like wildfire in Red America as these intensely selfish people–who do not, by the way, trust Jesus to protect them when it comes to their precious, precious guns
or their hatred of the poor and brown
…invoke the blood of Jesus who suffered crucifixion for them to give them a 007 to infect and kill the old, children, and the immunocompromised rather than endure even the slightest inconvenience to their mind-bogglingly selfish selves.
Meanwhile, the health care system workers are being crushed by COVID.
The selfish killers in the MAGA Murder/Suicide cult are in for a helluva shock when they discover that health care workers are not infinitely durable automatons.
Some of these narcissists are going to go seeking treatment for COVID they could have easily avoided with a shot and discover the understaffed health care facility has no room for them, can’t treat them and they are on their own–just as they demanded to be all along while they prattled about “freedom” and really only meant “Screw everybody else. I’m the only one who matters.
This is not, of course, to suggest that the stupidly and stubbornly unvaxed should be denied treatment as a form of punishment if they get sick. But it is to say that in a health care system with limited resources and a staff that are beyond exhausted, if the choice needs to be made between two patients with critical illnesses and one of them has COVID after defying every ounce of common sense and elementary consideration for others for a year and a half, it seems to me to be a no-brainer to devote the resources to the critical patient who is not a selfish moron likely to go right back out and endanger himself and others again. If you want to live your life in selfish isolated grandeur contemptuous of all others, then let the measure you use be measured to you.
Jesus tells us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, not dumb as doves and predatory as serpents. Luke was a physician, for crying out loud. The idea that the blood of Christ is a magic potion against all sickness is as stupid as the claim that the Providence of God will protect your kids if you let them play in traffic. The sacraments are grace, not magic.
In the words of my friend Sherry Antonetti:
Our God does not immunize us from the world. Our God sanctifies our trials, our everything, infuses it with grace. God does not require we suspend reason to believe -God does not negate one gift to activate another, God subtracts nothing –and we should likewise not willfully suspend reason and call it faith. Loving and trusting God is an offering, but it is not done as a conditional transaction -I love and trust you God, and thus you protect me from harm. That treats God’s love, God’s grace and one’s relationship with God like magic, something we control and manipulate (not love).