In troubling times, one occasionally turns to a high power to find either solace from a stressful predicament. Whether it’s to kick a nasty or somewhat destructive habit, safe healing from an ailment or just to ensure their way into whatever benevolent afterlife there could be, religion is practiced by nearly three quarters of individuals in the United States — says a recent Pew Research Center study.
 
Yet, when it comes to illnesses such as a virus or a very necessary medical operation, the general consensus is to visit a doctor and follow the medical advice of a physician as opposed to a religious leader. In the American culture, while religion can definitely be a positive and impactful force in one’s life, you should still see a licensed physician over a clergyman when you are battling a physical ailment that has the potential to be harmful.
 
However, not everyone subscribes to the use of medicine and medical advice to treat sickness.
 

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While America has been grappling with a particularly difficult flu season that’s left over 50 children dead as of  January 2018, according to the Center for Disease Control’s weekly report, Fort Worth televangelist and occasional Trump spiritual adviser Gloria Copeland has a different remedy.
 
Copeland, who’s husband’s ministries has received controversy and scrutiny due to its emphasis on monetary-based prosperity gospel, stated via a Facebook video upload that her followers should forego the fact-based modern medicine of the common flu shot and instead “inoculate yourselves with the word of God.”
 
The televangelist continued, stating that Jesus himself gave us flu shots as opposed to actual pharmaceutical producers of influenza vaccinations like Sanofi Pasteur and the Australian company CSL. Not too surprisingly, Copeland even claimed that while there is a “duck season” and a “deer season”, there is no official flu season.
 
Claiming that a higher power — and not scientists — have given us vaccines, is strange; but it is also plausible that Copeland is immune to the absurdity of her comments.
 
Copeland’s assumptions and claims bring up a much bigger picture that involves the separation of religion and medicine.
 
It is perfectly acceptable to believe in a religion as well as a higher power, and follow the beliefs of said religion. However, disregarding centuries of studies and evidence on how to treat ailments and illnesses and seeking the advice of clergyman who may not have medical experience, could be a costly move in the end.
 
How do you feel about Copeland’s comments? Tell me on Twitter at @CaptainKasoff.