Some pastors in Hawaii are discouraging their members from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. The article quotes CRCC’s Richard Flory about the perception of vaccines within evangelical Christianity.
According to Richard Flory, the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, the three churches are from different denominations but fall under the broad umbrella of evangelical Christianity. Flory explained that historically, these churches tend to be dominated by white, conservative theologies.
“The history of evangelicalism has a history of opposition to change and to threats,” he said, adding that the church leaders have the power to influence the behavior and decisions of their congregations.
“They have a lot more power than I think we recognize,” he said.