It’s *just* a mask. Why so much controversy over a little piece of fabric that is supposed to protect you from this dreaded virus? What’s the big deal? Should we really cause a ruckus over wearing one or not wearing one?
What about acting in love towards our neighbor, and preventing the spread of this virus?
What about Paul, telling us to obey the government in Romans 13:1?
I want to state right up front: I’m not judging you if you chose to wear a mask. I’m not judging you if you decide you won’t ever put one on your face. I honestly can’t find anywhere in the Bible that declares Thou shalt not wear a mask. But I do want to seriously question why a mask is considered so important that it’s the hill we are going to live and die on. After all, it’s *just* a mask, right?
In a way, it is. But in a way, it’s so much more. I live in a state that has recently mandated face masks for the next 2 weeks, perhaps longer. I want to ask one question: Is it right? Legally, can they do such a thing? Is the government called to dictate our healthcare decisions to us?
And I must answer no to those questions.
No, it’s not right. No, I won’t play their game. And no, I don’t really believe that a mask is going to prevent me from getting sick in the first place.
Guys, there’s a time and a place for masks — I’m not just some rebellious girl out here declaring that I will never do what the government tells me to do. That would make me an anarchist, and we all see where that got “Chazistan”, ‘kay? In fact, I have worn a mask, when medical personnel required me to do so, when my grandfather was sick with something in the hospital and they put him in semi-isolation. So let me be perfectly clear: There is a time and place for masks. I wear a face covering when I dust the bookshelves, or change out my clothes, or do anything else dusty, to prevent an asthma attack.
But should the government mandate them? No. They can strongly suggest we wear one. The stores can require one. A friend may ask me to wear one at her house. A hospital may not let me visit patients without one. Okay — that’s all well and good. That’s their right, it’s their property.
But under no circumstances should the government tell me what I can and cannot wear upon my face.
And it’s a small thing, really, when you think about it, until you consider that the same government that is requiring a mask to “protect” me from getting sick is slowly stripping away all our constitutional liberties and rights to just about everything.
This is the way I see it: I didn’t know what Covid would bring. I didn’t know what it entailed. All I knew about the virus was that it could potentially be quite deadly. But it wasn’t. Folks, less than .2% died from it. For those who can’t read percentages and decimals, that’s two tenths of a percent. And that reflects numbers that have been reported inaccurately and have been inflated.
All of us Americans, Christians included, reacted in fear. We reacted in fear to a virus that ended up killing less people that the flu does annually, and we allowed people to lose their jobs and all sources of income, we allowed people to close down churches . . . and for what? If we had been thinking reasonably, we would have seen what the government was doing.
Do you realize that, essentially, “they” deemed churches non-essential? They basically made it illegal to gather for church. We can gather for a tear-down-the-statue party, but don’t you dare gather and pray together.
Do you realize that, in California right now, not only is meeting in a church building illegal, but so is meeting in homes and outside? And so is praying in groups and singing in worship. That would be a normal statement if I were speaking about China, or communist Russia. But California is in America, people, and generally what happens in California spreads throughout the rest of the US.
Are Christians being persecuted?
Well, it hasn’t yet gotten to the point where we are being hunted down and beheaded or burnt or drowned yet. But if we continue to hand over our God-given liberties, and allow the government to dictate what is going to happen when to us, then we are on a fast-track down that road.
So, it’s just a mask. Okay. But the mask has become a symbol of our freedom. I’m sure the Jews thought it was just an armband that they had to wear. And, after all, what was so terrible about identifying yourself as a Jew?
I don’t know if they protested, refused to wear it, or what the consequences of those actions would have been. I can hear people now: It’s just an armband. Obey the government. Act in love towards your neighbor and let them know you are a Jew.
And what happened? That “just an armband” very quickly turned into “just no more jobs,” “just no more trust,” “just live here in the Ghetto,” “just get onto this train,” and “just walk into this gas chamber.”
Do you see the similarities here? Do you think I am being a bit dramatic? Too far fetched?
Keep in mind that no government will ever strip you of your rights overnight. It will take a series of small, almost inconsequential choices that will bring you to a state of communist Russia. Almost imperceptibly, it happens, all throughout history.
Until 2020. The year that American citizens were stripped of all constitutional rights nearly overnight, and we did nothing.
Churches were shut down, and we did nothing.
Jobs were taken away, and we did nothing.
Our elderly were locked into nursing homes, and we said nothing.
The sick among us were required to go through medical treatments by themselves in a hospital, and we said nothing.
Healthy people were forced into a quarantine, and we still did nothing.
When will we wake up and see what is happening? Guys, all we have to do is look around. Observe. They are ruling us through fear — and wearing a face mask just happens to be the thing of the moment. Tomorrow it will be something else.
So, if you see me walking around, not wearing a mask, know it’s not because I’m not “loving my neighbor” or not caring about those around me. No, it’s because I’m a freedom loving person who will cling to my rights until they are taken from me. It’s because I refuse to bow down to any god but King Jesus, and I refuse to live in fear of a virus.
I know that God is sovereign, and that He is in control. If He has ordained that I will die in three weeks from this virus, a face mask isn’t going to stop it from happening.
If this virus comes, let it find us doing something good. Let’s not hide in fear from the unknown — let’s embrace the unknown with our whole hearts.
If we are called to stand up and defend our rights, let us fearlessly do so, without cowering, no matter if we are standing alone.
The issue isn’t the face mask.
The issue is those NOT wearing the scrap of fabric are those who are independently thinking and researching and not allowing the government to dictate how they will live their lives, and so they must be made out to be the villains. ‘Cause if we think for ourselves, then we will most definitely be a hindrance to the government.
So the next time you see someone, realize that it is their right to wear a mask or not to wear one. Understand that it’s not at all sinful to put one on, and it’s not a sin to not wear one.
Do the research. Make your own decision. Understand that constitutionally, no one can “make us” wear one against our will, and if we the people stood up, this would quickly be over.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.