Let Us Pray

Vaccine Mandates & Challenges (November 8, 2021)

“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…” – Deuteronomy 16:20

Last Thursday, November 4, the Biden Administration released its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers with 100 or more employees.

Employers must force their employees to be vaccinated by January 4 or require that they take at least weekly COVID-19 tests to keep their job.

Just days later, a number of legal challenges have already been filed and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an emergency stay, at least temporarily blocking the vaccine mandate.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary, the largest U.S. seminaries of the Baptist and Methodist traditions (both in Kentucky), are standing together against the mandate and have filed a lawsuit in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler explained the reason for the legal challenge:

“It is unacceptable for the government to force religious institutions to become coercive extensions of state power. We have no choice but to pus back against this intrusion of the government into the matters of conscience and religious conviction. This seminary must not be forced to stand in for the government in investigating the private health decisions of our faculty and employees in a matter involving legitimate religious concerns.”

Kentucky Attorney General Cameron, along with six other attorneys general, also filed a challenge in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Father, please be with the judges as they consider these legal challenges to mandating the COVID-19 vaccine. Give them wisdom and boldness to issue righteous decisions that properly balance all the issues. May they seek to protect religious liberty, free will, and Your created order. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you would like to receive our Let Us Pray devotionals in your inbox (Mon.-Fri.), send an email to [email protected]