|July 26, 2021|
July 26 Government Domain Newsletter: Following the Science Means Examining all the Evidence
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false”.Revelation 2:2
Many of our leaders are espousing the term “follow the science”. If you don’t follow the science you will be accused of spreading misinformation or shamed as being a “denier”. Science is not just inventing revolutionary discoveries that have cured disease and sent man to the moon; it covers much territory from theories like Darwinism, new sexual genders, climate change and an array of so-called scientific truths. Blindly accepting science as truth could have unintended consequences.
In the 1940’s and 50’s, the most respected neurosurgeons routinely preformed a procedure called lobotomy to cure mental disorders. Doctors inserted an ice pick through the nose or eye socket to destroy the frontal lobe of the brain. This was the “science” of the day.
For many years, the tobacco industry funded science to prove their product wasn’t causing lung disease. Even without the science, the public widely used the term “coffin nails” for cigarettes.
Dr. Jonah Salk invented a vaccine to cure polio in 1952. Clinical trials began in 1954. In 1955 there was a setback where a defective vaccine left 200 children paralyzed and 10 dead. Improvements were made and by the 1960’s, polio was almost completely eradicated. Yes, through trial and error, science can prove to be trustworthy.
The vast majority of Americans have gotten the Covid-19 vaccine. My prayer is that it is better in eliminating the Covid-19 virus than the vaccine that eradicated polio.
Taking any vaccine should be a personal choice. At this moment, there is great coercion between the federal government and social media platforms to suppress our freedom of free expression. Any conversation about risks of taking the vaccine or the ethics of vaccinating young children who are not at great risk of contracting the disease is considered heresy by the powers that be.
If we are to follow the science, we must be free to examine all evidence. When evidence is suppressed, we cannot make an educated decision. Let’s look how people in the Bible determined the truth.
In Book of Acts, Paul and Silas traveled to Berea to spread the gospel. The Bereans were very wise and noble. They listened to everything Paul and Silas said and compared it to scripture. By doing so, their faith became strong.
One way to trust our government is to elect trustworthy people. We can trust a person with great integrity and a proven track record of doing what they say. When we elect people who tell you they are personally against abortion but vote for the government to pay for abortion and spread the practice, we can trust they will lie to us in the future.
Let’s be like the Bereans when we scrutinize the people we elect to office. Does the way they conduct their lives measure up to Biblical standards? Do they have a track record in their lives before politics that exhibit leadership with character and integrity? Do they respect the sanctity of life? If the answers are yes, those are the people we can trust to govern us with God's world view.