Letter: Protect Yourself – Anchorage Daily News
When I was a teenager, before the Earth got cold, I worked on a Kansas turkey farm. At a certain age, the turkeys were released from their homes and allowed to feed in a barley field after harvest. Since Kansas was coyote country, the farmer moved one of the turkey houses across the field and closed it so I could sleep there. My presence was enough to deter the marauding coyotes.
But one summer, after releasing the turkeys in the barley field, the farmer did not prepare my dormitories. It was at the end of a long day and he didn’t want to spend the extra hour. “I will leave the turkeys to the protection of God,” he said. That night, coyotes entered his flock and killed 200 birds.
I remember this incident when I hear people refuse COVID-19 vaccinations, say “I am going to put myself in the care of God”, or words to that effect. I am a believing and practicing Christian. But I have learned in turkey farming that it is not God’s mission to protect people from the consequences of their own madness.
The farmer knew he had to prepare my dormitories. He didn’t, and God didn’t protect him from the consequences of his neglect. God and science gave us a COVID-19 vaccine. If you refuse it, don’t expect God to protect you from the consequences of your neglect.
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