When I saw the opening quote I immediately thought about the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the strange circumstances we continue to face.
Like me, I’m sure a lot of you pray every day for God to eradicate this virus from our world.
And like me, I’m sure a lot of you are finding new ways to live with the coronavirus while God does what He needs to do.
Don’t think for a minute that God doesn’t know what He is doing as He navigates us through this pandemic.
Recently Ohio implemented a public mask policy. Studies indicate that by wearing a mask you are decreasing the chances of spreading the virus to another human being. There are asymptomatic and presymptomatic virus carriers and this is one way to prevent that population from infecting others.
There’s been much debate about whether or not to wear a mask. Some claim their constitutional rights are being infringed upon.
Wearing a mask along with social distancing are habits Lori and I incorporated in the early stages of the pandemic. With our special guy, Jordan, and my frail, elderly mother, the last thing we wanted to do was put their lives at risk by being irresponsible.
Personally, I feel Jesus makes it very clear about whether or not we need to wear masks in public in Matthew 22 …
“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.'” (Matthew 22:36-40 NIV)
You may be scratching your head and saying, “Jesus says nothing about wearing masks in this scripture, Jay.”
That is correct but He does talk about the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and the second one like it–Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Wearing a mask is not about me it’s about my neighbors and when I’m loving my neighbors by being respectful to them I’m loving Him.
Back to the opening quote.
The crazy circumstances created by the COVID virus are not going to go away anytime soon but we can certainly use this time to focus on changing ourselves for the better by improving our fulfillment of the Greatest Commandment.
Is your love of Him and His constitution increasing during this crazy time? Said in another way — which do you love more, Him, or your constitutional rights?
Is the love of your neighbor increasing during this crazy time? Said in another way — which do you love more, your neighbor, or your constitutional rights?
I have a feeling we will be asked questions like this by Him as we go through our “Pearly Gates” debriefing prior to entering a place with no uncertain circumstances, no COVID, and no need to ever have to change again.
Philippians 3:20, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”