In the United States, there has been an aggressive campaign by the government to require citizens to get vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus. Rules, mandates, and policies have been formed that make it difficult, if not impossible, for someone who objects to getting the vaccine to keep their job and circulate in public freely. However, in many cases, there is an option for citizens to apply for a religious exemption from getting the vaccine, if they have sincere religious reasons for doing so. It has been heartening to see that many applicants are receiving these exemptions.
A practicing student of Christian Science has legitimate reasons for applying for a religious exemption. He or she is practicing a time-tested method of Christian healing that prevents infection, neutralizes contagion, protects one from disease, keeps one from carrying disease, and has a healthy effect on other people in their proximity.
A practicing Christian Scientist is not merely making a choice to not get a vaccine. They have made a conscious choice to demonstrate spiritual immunity, and they are taking active daily prayerful steps to stay healthy and help keep others around them healthy, too. They are contributing to the end of the pandemic and the promotion of public health safety.
I’ve had many people call me who were fearful that they were going to lose their jobs because of the vaccine mandates. We’ve talked about the importance of staying humble, listening for direction from the voice of wisdom, and looking for open doors to walk through that enable them to keep their jobs and still live true to their spiritual values. To their utter surprise, many of them have found the open doors, walked through them, received their exemption, and retained their jobs.
We live under the government of the one Mind that accommodates healthy spiritual living. Christian Science is healthy spiritual living that is good for one and all.
I continue to pray that society recognizes and appreciates the benefits of Christian Science healing and makes room for its sincere adherents to continue practicing their faith true to its ideals.