What About Masks?
Whether or not one should wear a mask is accompanied by strong opinions and emotions. So from the onset, the intent of this blog is not to stir up controversy but rather to give a Biblical foundation from which we can begin to seek the Lord about this issue. For brevity, we will only be dealing with the condition where there is a benefit (or no risk) for the wearer and there is a health benefit for those in close proximity to the wearer. So let's get started. ...
Christian growth or maturity is described as being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28,29). What does this mean? The answer is found as we look at Jesus. We see two guiding principles of His life. These are a love for His Heavenly Father and a love for others. Both of these are summed up in the first and foremost commandment and the second commandment (Mark 12:29-31.) Loving God is associated with keeping His commandments. (1 John 2:5, John 14:15) The definition of loving others can be found in 1 Cor. 13. In both cases, we could say that love seeks the best for the object being loved. That "best" is defined by God.
With love as our foundation, we move on to Phil. 2:3-8.
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." *
As we become more and more like Jesus, our concern or love for God and others grow. .... The focus of our lives become less and less about ourselves. More and more our motivation for what we do will be to do what is best for God and others, not just ourselves. Remember that the "best" is defined by our Heavenly Father.
Sincerely engage (pray to) our Lord with these passages along with your own understanding of the health benefits/risks of wearing a mask. We trust He will lead you. Here are some prayerful questions to bring before God.
Lord, how are You working for good in my life to make me more Christlike?
Lord, is love more than a feeling?
We see from the Phil 2:3-8 passage Jesus's huge sacrifice out of His love for His Father and for us. No one can or is called to make the same type of sacrifice but, from these passages, Lord are You telling me that sometimes we are to sacrifice for one another?
So, under these conditions, Lord, should we, as those who embrace Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, wear a mask?
Remember, we, as believers in Christ, are always in His grace. His grace was applied to us through Jesus's sacrifice on the cross.
* Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE(R), Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.