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Lent 2022: The Unbelievers by Joan Oxendine


“The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life: the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

-Psalm 121:7-8


April 2, 2022

The Unbelievers

Since the discovery of vaccines, there have been those who believed vaccines to be harmful, therefore refused them. In the 20th century, disbelievers said the polio vaccine was harmful. Later, there was propaganda surrounding combined diphtheria, whooping cough and measles vaccines. Celebrities were given airtime to promote falsehoods and there were “quack” physicians. One physician who promoted a faulty study lost his license to practice medicine.

Today we have followers who espouse faulty theories about the COVID19 vaccine, despite proof that it saves lives. Ironically, those who don’t believe in the vaccine are filling hospital beds because they don’t want to die.

So it was when Christ came. The apostle Paul spread disinformation about Jesus and was the cause of many disciples being killed. The church and state leaders supported Paul.

There are some today who do not believe in Jesus Christ. When you promote hatred toward people who don’t look like you or intentionally make another person’s life difficult, you can’t profess belief in Christ. Oh, but when these individuals become sick, they are calling on everyone to pray for them. They are calling the name of Jesus with every breath.

We believers, know that Jesus is coming back to take us to that perfect place where vaccines will not be necessary.


Dear Father, help their unbelief. Amen

Joan Oxendine

Senior Steward Emeritus


Lent 2022

We invite you to join us on a 40-day journey of prayer, financial sacrifice, physical activity, and spiritual connection.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you as we prepare for Resurrection join us as we are reminded, awakened to the great power of God within us, and connect to our role in building with God a world of justice.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.



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