In the midst of COVID-19 vaccine hesitation in different parts of Nagaland and the confusion over the vaccine and the Christian faith, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) said the best reference to understand vaccination is the medical fraternity.
The NBCC said the Covid-19 vaccine is a hard-earned effort by the community of scientists and researchers, aided by the most advanced research technologies to serve humanity.
The NBCC held a virtual meeting on June 18 to discuss the involvement and the role of the associations and churches in the Covid-19 crisis. It urged all responsible to refrain from making irrelevant and wrongful interpretation of the Bible, which may “create anxiety in the minds of the people.”
The NBCC, in a testament, said vaccination and personal salvation, vaccination and Millennial Kingdom of Christ, or even vaccination and comprehensive Christian faith are being allegedly projected by “some sources” as incompatible. It issued the statement noting that there is vaccine hesitation with varying degrees in different parts of the State.
The NBCC said casting doubts on the tireless effort of those who made the vaccine available will be improper as the proofs of its efficacy in combating the virus are fast emerging.
“These are difficult times. We must take everything that is happening around us from eternity perspective. We must continue to pray that God will be merciful to us and preserve us to be faithful steward to a world that is much in distress. God is sovereign and he is the ultimate,” the NBCC said.
It said it is a matter of individual choice to take or not to take the vaccine. However, the competent authority has been persistently educating the masses that vaccine is the best available solution to defend “ourselves as well as others from this raging pandemic”.
The NBCC requested all responsible to make a wise decision and avail what is within their reach for the common good. It said everyone should be supportive and be the agents of hope and comfort to one another in trying time such as this and added that the pandemic will not be uncommon for the world to witness even in the future.