Op-Ed: DOH Reaches New Low With Preacher Vaccination Ad [VIDEO]
The Washington State Department of Health has reached a new low when it comes to propaganda trying to convince people to follow their mandates and "guidance" with COVID.
First there was the "Death Ad" official known as "Consequences." This ad attempted to use fear tactics to make people avoid gatherings and normal activities by showing three younger persons in social settings, then seemingly dying on a ventilator because of COVID. This ad quickly resulted in a lot of complaints and was pulled not long after it debuted in December 2020. The ad is below.
But just when you thought the DOH couldn't hit the bottom of the tank in the dirty porta-potty, now comes the new "Preacher" Ad. It's the 30-sec version of an earlier ad from the beginning of September. In the earlier ad, the preacher lays out their own reasoning behind getting vaccinated, without throwing anyone under the bus or stirring the pot.
However, this:30 ad accomplishes neither.
It features Reverend Liz Kearny of Longview WA, who is a co-Pastor of the Longview Presbyterian Church. The ad attempts to use faith (I hate the word religion) as a political weapon to convince people that they have a 'social responsibility' to protect others by being vaccinated.
In the video, at the:13 mark she says "there's actually very little in the Bible about protecting our personal rights" which is an obvious political dig at the founding roots of our country...the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. She also says it's an "act of justice" to get the vaccine. She's straying into the social justice waters that some in the faith have been wandering off towards the last few years.
She does on to say "but there is a lot about one's responsibility to one's neighbor." Her video is below.
Now, is she wrong? Biblically, no. Absolutely not. However, it is disgusting, dangerous, and even sad that this preacher and the Department of Health are attempting to use faith as a political weapon to force people to make a decision that is personal.
In fact, she does gloss over that when it comes to faith, we have the choice to believe or not. Our freedom and choices were given to us by our Creator. The Bible is full of choices. Free will. It's in our DNA. Adam and Eve had a choice...remember them?
The reason Martin Luther broke away from the Catholic Church was that he felt the church had gotten away from the one-to-one, man-to-God relationship it was built to have from the Creation. Personal choice.
It's ironic that an entity such as the WA State Department of Health, which is hardly a bastion of faith, Christian or otherwise, would use this crutch. She and the DOH come across sounding very much like the Pharisees Jesus warned people about.
Perhaps this preacher and the Department of Health need to be reminded of what the Bible does say about false prophets or those who use faith for the wrong purposes:
2 Timothy 4 Verses 3-4: 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Or Matthew 7 verses 15-20: 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
It's sad that the DOH is using faith to push a mandate that has been used to abuse people, cost them their jobs, ostracize them, and otherwise cause hardship and destruction in their lives--even cause some to end their own life from dispair.
But apparently, nothing is sacred to state officials when it comes to fulfilling an agenda.
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