Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals

J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, posted a photo on Facebook of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments – many of them voicing admiration, and many others assailing him.
Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress believes a majority of his congregation welcome the COVID-19 vaccines, while some have doubts about their safety or worry they have links to abortion. Jeffress, pastor at a Dallas megachurch, is among numerous religious leaders who say the leading vaccines are acceptable given their remote, indirect links to lines of cells developed from aborted fetuses.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, expressed hope that Southern Baptist Convention pastors would provide “wise counsel” to their congregations if members raise questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. “These vaccines are cause for evangelicals to celebrate and give thanks to God,” he said via email.

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals

J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, posted a photo on Facebook of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments – many of them voicing admiration, and many others assailing him.
Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress believes a majority of his congregation welcome the COVID-19 vaccines, while some have doubts about their safety or worry they have links to abortion. Jeffress, pastor at a Dallas megachurch, is among numerous religious leaders who say the leading vaccines are acceptable given their remote, indirect links to lines of cells developed from aborted fetuses.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, expressed hope that Southern Baptist Convention pastors would provide “wise counsel” to their congregations if members raise questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. “These vaccines are cause for evangelicals to celebrate and give thanks to God,” he said via email.