Face Masks and the Christian Response

 

The question of wearing masks continues to be a topic of discussion in our community and in our church.  The leadership of Bridge Community Church has decided that we will not try to be the “mask police.”

 

Having said that, there are some things that I would like you to prayerfully consider regarding whether you will wear, or you will not wear, a mask in church.  

 

It seems to me that there are three things to consider: First, if you’re guided more by your head than by your heart, then Romans 13:1-2 comes into play:

 

       13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For                      there is no authority except from God, and the authorities

           that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever

           resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and

           those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.1.

 

There’s nothing immoral about the Governor’s proclamation requiring that we wear face masks.  It does not violate any Christian principle, it does not unfairly single out Christians.  It does rub us the wrong way.  What does your response show about your view of the Scriptures?

 

Second, if you’re guided more by your heart than by your head, then Romans 14:15-17 is for you:

 

      15 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.

       16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;

       17 for the kingdom of God is 

           not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and

           joy In the Holy Spirit.2.

In context this passage is dealing with food sacrificed to idols, but the underlying principle of modifying our behavior for the sake of a brother or sister in Christ applies universally.

 

Some in our midst are genuinely concerned for their health but, along with the rest of us, find that worshipping at home pales when compared to gathering with their brothers and sisters in the presence of God.  And yet, because of the threat of viral infection, if 

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