What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 10; Matthew 26; Ezekiel 12; Psalm 147; 2 Samuel 12
Masks used to be for Halloween. Today they are one of the most controversial things in our society.
It doesn’t help that since the outbreak of Coronavirus, the “experts” have changed their minds multiple times. They’ve changed their minds at least three times on the subject of masks.
Now state governments are trying to enforce the wearing of masks. Once you tell someone they have to wear a mask, well, you know that they’ll fight that tooth and nail.
So how do we respond as Christians?
Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10 vs. 23-24 and 31-33 and chapter 11 vs. 1, give us an indication of how we should respond.
Wearing a mask does not protect ourselves. I think that much is clear from what I’ve heard from the epidemiologists. Some people could harm themselves by wearing a mask. For the rest of us, however, here’s what scripture says.
“Do not seek your advantage, but that of the other.” NRSV.
In other words, while masks may not help you and me, it does prevent you and me from infecting someone else. Our wearing a face covering may help someone else. What Paul is saying is that if I have a choice between doing something beneficial to my neighbor but inconvenient for me, out of love for my neighbor, I should do it.
That’s a fundamental principle of scripture.
Loving our neighbor requires that we put our neighbor’s life above ours. So if my wearing a mask at the grocery store, prevents a clerk from getting a disease, then I should wear my face covering.
I do this out of love for Jesus Christ and a loving concern for my neighbor.