I’ve been a little troubled at how we are treating one another during the weird period we are in. In particular, I’m a little troubled how we are treating one another in the Body of Christ.
I see people getting frustrated with others because they won’t or don’t wear a mask. I see people getting frustrated at others because they do wear a mask. Now, outside the Body of Christ, I understand these frustrations, but inside…….?
Satan has always tried to divide the Body over issues. He wants us to focus on “levels” rather than unity.
What do I mean by “levels”?
He likes for us to get into a “spitting” match over who has faith and who doesn’t and who has love and who doesn’t. For instance, if you are wearing a mask during this COVID outbreak, then your faith level must be low. If your not wearing a mask, then your love level must be low – not caring for those who are concerned about contracting the disease.
Isn’t that what the Body of Christ always fights over? Who has the highest level of whatever? Doctrinal Correctness – Church Attendance – You name it!
Romans, chapter 14 clearly addresses what to do in situations like the one we are currently in:
Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way. I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Verses 13-15
This is not about food so let me put it this way:
If your brother is grieved because of a mask or lack of one, don’t destroy their faith by demanding they do what you do! When we do demand, we are touting our maturity while revealing our immaturity.
Now, let’s finish with chapter 15, verse 1:
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
It doesn’t get much plainer!
To mask or not to mask?
That’s the question! To love – to bear long – to not require others to operate at a level above or below their faith – that’s the answer!
Let’s focus on being patient and loving with one another. Doing so will create an atmosphere in which everyone will want to grow up into Christ!
So, if I see you in church with a mask, I’ll love you. If I see you in church without a mask, I’ll love you! It’s my job to preach the gospel. It’s God’s job to do the changing. I don’t get the two mixed up!