At a time when self-idolatry is being exposed in ugly ways in our nation, the church has an opportunity to model love that places the interests of others above the self.
I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask
Some of us may find it personally difficult—even maddening—to have to wear a mask during church and stay six feet away from everyone at all times. You might think these precautions are a needless overreaction. But here’s the thing: even if it turns out you’re right
, can you not sacrifice your ideal for a season, out of love for others who believe the precautions are
necessary? Even if you personally think it is silly, or even cowardly, for someone to stay home even after the church is open again on Sundays, can you not heed Paul’s wisdom in Romans 14
: “Let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother”? Or 1 Corinthians 8:9: “Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”
I Want Everyone to Wear a Mask
Likewise, those who think the lockdowns should continue should not pass judgment on those who question the wisdom of the government’s ongoing restrictions. Surely, there are valid arguments that favor relaxing restrictions.
Churches should strive to honor people on both sides of the spectrum. And the fact is, if we are honest, none of us really knows what we should be doing during this time of stress. We each have our own opinions, but our opinions most often fall way short of God’s wisdom.
Yes, it is extra work for churches to keep offering online services for those who don’t feel comfortable attending physical gatherings. Yes, it will be a sacrifice for church members who are sick of masks, social distancing, and Zoom to continue to use these for the sake of others. But little is more Christian than a posture of sacrifice. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Rom. 12:1). Let’s respect each other’s view with gladness.
The above comments were adapted from an article
published by The Gospel Coalition.