Christianity Daily.com ———— By Sarah Mae Saliong ——–Mon., Mar. 22, 2021
Former President Donald J. Trump and Rev. Franklin Graham both endorse vaccination as a way to stay protected from the COVID-19 virus.
Franklin Graham, son of the late American evangelist Billy Graham, also urges his congregants to take the vaccine. In his interview with ABC News, Graham said that he had the shot.
Based on Pew Research’s data, only 54 % of white evangelicals say they will get the vaccine. That is in contrast to the 77% of Catholics, 64% black Protestants, 90% of atheists.
To encourage more people from the Christian community, Graham said that his father also believed in modern medicine.
“If anytime there was a vaccine or something that could help protect you, he was an advocate for it. He took it. I believe that it’s consistent with Scripture — that we protect our lives, and do whatever we can to save life. So I don’t have any problem with telling a person to take an aspirin or telling a person to have a vaccine,” explained the evangelist.
He then thanked the doctors and researchers for their hard work in developing the vaccines.
“I hope that the American people will use them,” Graham said.
When asked about what he thinks of pastors who are discouraging their members from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Graham said that act is “problematic.”
“I hope that the pastors in the pulpit would tell people how they can be saved from God’s judgment, and that’s through faith in Jesus Christ,” he said, highlighting their main job.