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What if….?

NB: This blog is written for a specific group of people. Thank you for being polite if you are not in that group of people.

Dear Non-vaccinating on Religious Grounds People,

What if you’ve got it backwards? What if your refusal to vaccinate because it is evil is actually putting you on the Satanic scrub list to remove you from Earth at a time when righteous voices of care, compassion, and Christianity are needed more than ever? (Non-Christians will have a field day with that. I’m not talking to them. Ignore their judgement. Stick with me here, fellow believers.)

We are called to be the Salt and Light for the world. If we don’t get vaxxed, if the Delta variant takes out younger, stronger people as well as the wisdom of our Godly Elders, how much prayer is the world losing? It was bad enough losing the prayer warriors; now we also lose the innocent children, the strong warriors, the middle-aged women of Proverbs 31?

Last week the world was diminished by the loss of one of the sweetest Christian men I’ve ever known, a guy who smiled when people screamed at him, who answered with kindness when people cut him off in traffic. All over America, all across the world, about one in ten Christians (according to some nebulous polls) have stopped asking “What does God tell me to do about the vaccine” and accepted “God said no” as someone else’s astroturfing, trouble-stirring, theology-knotting twist on Apocalyptic thinking.

Who told you that you were naked? God asked Adam and Eve in the garden. (Why were you listening to a snake? Why did you listen to the snake instead of me?) Go back to your prayer closet. Ask God again: not the preacher on youtube, not the Ice Age Farmer, not the lady who sat behind you at the Bill Gothard seminar. Ask God. Ask God directly, through Jesus the intercessor we all believe in.

Something is horribly wrong when the removal of voices for the truth is accepted–nay, preached–as God’s will. God wants all the righteous to die? Go back to your prayer closets. Try again. The world is diminished when your voices are lost.

Who told you the vaccine was evil? Were you raised for such a time as this, and are on the wrong side of the mirror we see through, darkly? Go pray. Thank you.


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Doctor. Doctor – – –

I had an appointment yesterday with an ENT doctor to have impacted wax removed from both my ears. He was a very nice young guy and after the procedure he checked my throat and my nose – I guess wax removal is boring and he maybe hoped for something more interesting (or maybe lucrative). It reminded me of another ENT visit many years ago in Scotland.

I was touring Brittany in France with my band in the 1970s and towards the end had a couple of days of dizziness and nausea which I put down to something I’d eaten. But then gradually over the next few years I began to have hearing problems in my right ear. About ten years later I spoke to my family doctor about polyps in my nose and he sent me to the ENT doctor in my local hospital. He quickly gave me an appointment to have them removed, but as I was leaving he asked if there was anything else and I told him about my hearing issue. He immediately brightened up!

So I had numerous tests including a full brain scan and it was concluded that back in Brittany I’d contracted a viral infection of the inner ear that would have been treatable then but had done permanent damage.

It must be very boring most of the time for these doctors – dealing with ear wax and nasal polyps.

But the best medical story I have is about that same family doctor in Scotland. About thirty years ago I had suffered dreadful pain in my stomach for a few days one summer. When he came to the house he sounded my stomach and said “that’s strange – I don’t hear anything’ (his ears were fine). Continuing he said “The last time I had this experience was with someone who’d just been run over by a bus”. It turned out that my small intestine had double knotted and was gangrenous and causing sepsis. I very nearly died!

That surgery and follow up treatment was, of course completely free on the Scottish NHS, whereas I’m not sure if my ear wax removal is covered by my Medicare – I may receive an invoice in a few weeks. The last time I had ear wax removed by a doctor I was booked at a festival while touring in the US and went to the ER. I eventually got a bill back home in Scotland for $600.

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