The Christian Apostles famously embraced horrible deaths rather than turn the focus of their message away from the gospel of Jesus Christ… today’s Vatican has a very different priority.
In fact, during the early spread of Christianity, our fearlessness in the face of death, made us stand out from the crowd. It enabled us to offer care, or an honorable burial to strangers and pagans during the plague.
All day long some of them [the Christians] tended to the dying and to their burial, countless numbers with no one to care for them. Others gathered together from all parts of the city a multitude of those withered from famine and distributed bread to them all. -Eusebius, via BibleMesh
This is the same Christian fearlessness that told political authorities to pound sand when they tried to order us to comply with intrusive edicts from on high.
Some two millennia later, we are seeing a very different story play out, not just with the emphasis of fear over faith in the face of a virus, but also in the power dynamics.
For 515 consecutive years, the Swiss Guards have been providing security for the Pope. During that tenure, Europe had to face the bubonic plague, but still they served.
Now that we face a new Coronavirus virus with a better than 99% survival rate, how are we responding?
Well, in response to this crisis, we are seeing an unsettling number of Jackboots emerging from under those clerical robes.
The mandate was part of a broader instruction to all Vatican employees to get the COVID shot or face losing their jobs.
“Besides the three guardsmen sent back to Switzerland, at least three others were suspended from active duty after they agreed to vaccinate but have yet to receive their jabs,” reports RT.
…The Pontifical Academy for Life, the official bioethics academy of the Catholic Church, has also insisted that it is a “moral responsibility” for Catholics to take the vaccine. —SummitNews
If only the Pope were to take such a hard line against, say, the Communist Party of China persecuting churches and demanding that they preach Communism instead of the gospel as he does in marching lockstep with the panic mongers on vaccines, and various secular utopian agendas of how to make the world a better place.
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