Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020) was one of three churches in Chilliwack receiving a total of $18,400 in fines for repeatedly violating provincial public health orders. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020) was one of three churches in Chilliwack receiving a total of $18,400 in fines for repeatedly violating provincial public health orders. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Defying health orders is not Christian

‘Love your neighbour’ includes not spreading the plague to others

[Some] Christian fundamentalist pastors and their flock open churches during the COVID-19 plague.

They justify this by using the Canadian Charter of Rights, forgetting their proclaimed belief that the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and their guiding light.

Jesus preached “You shall not tempt the Lord thy God” and “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Surely this includes not spreading the plague to others?

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And defying public health orders is covered in Ecclesiastes (the Book of Sirach): “Honour physicians for their services…. There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians, for they too pray to the Lord…. He who sins against his Maker, will be defiant toward the physician.”

Rodney Glynn-Morris, FCCFP

West Vancouver

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