Monday, November 21, 2011

On Flu Shots and the Flu

I know. You can't get the flu from a flu shot. If you get the flu, it's from a different strain than what you were inoculated for, or you get a milder version of what you would have if you hadn't gotten the shot. I received a flu shot from my doctor a week and a half ago. I had a pretty good case of the flu this weekend, even missing church. Ok, I probably didn't get the flu from the shot - the flu bug was going through our day care all week. Kids and staff alike were sick. I guess I was not exempt. I am grateful to my wife for her excellent care and my daughter Bekah who called out "quarantine" if I even tried to walk out of the bedroom!

Over the years I've known Christians who believe that once they receive Jesus (their spiritual flu shot) they are supposed to be immune from the problems of life. Of course, seasoned spiritual veterans know this isn't the case. Life happens. Problems come. Jesus even said we would have trouble in this life (John 16:33). But in that same verse He told us to take heart because He has overcome the world! That means we have One who speaks to the Father on our behalf (1 John 2:1) and we have the presence of the Holy Spirit to empower and guide us through life (Read the Olivet Discourse found in John 14-16). How we respond to the troubles of life is indicative of our trust factor.

I'm no longer under quarantine. I'm once again "exposed" to the bugs of life. It sure beats hiding under the covers! And who knows - I might even get a flu shot again next year!


  1. FYI: I think you do get the flu from a flu shot. But heck, I'm a hick from southern Indiana, what do I know! haha! I have heard of more people getting sick who have gotten the flu shot that it makes you wonder. Your analogy is right on Dave. it reminds me of the parable of the soil. Remember the seed that fell on the rocky soil? It grew up quickly, but because it had no root it lasts only a short time. Other seed fell among the thorns, represents the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it , making it unfruitful.
    I'm beginning to sound like a preacher who doesn't get to preach every Sunday! haha!
    Final thought: No Flu Shot!

  2. Amen on the shot, Brother Ray. Amen!

  3. Down with the flu shot. It's a $ maker for the pharmaceutical companies and the only people I know who get the flu are those who get flu shots. I prefer to walk through the preschool for my immunity.