I have been cleaning out my childhood, my mom’s youth, and my grandmother’s.  My mom kept everything, so I have things from the 1800s.  As I have been picking through what is trash to some, it is a treasure to me.  I started thinking about my grandmother, that was born in 1899.  There was a post on Facebook that listed all of the things that people of that era faced.

This is what they had to deal with:

  • On their 14th birthday, WWI started
  • WWI ended on around their 18th birthday
  • 22 million people died in the war
  • Later that year the Spanish flu hits and runs through their 20th birthday- 50 million die from it
  • WWII begins when they are 39, on their 41st birthday the US is fully pulled into that war, 75 million people die then
  • In their 40’s, smallpox was epidemic, and it killed 300 million people in their lifetime.
  • At 50, the Korean war begins 5 million pass.
  • From birth to 55 they dealt with the fear of polio people contracting it and being paralyzed or dying
  • At 55, Vietnam began and didn’t end for 20 years. Four million people perish.
  • Then the cold war and the fear of nuclear annulation, on their 62nd birthday, they had the Cuban missile crisis.
  • At 75, the Vietnam war finally ends.

They endured, they lived through depression and hardships that many of us will not understand.  They were drafted, and there wasn’t a choice whether they went to war or not.

Just think they dealt with all of this with no cell phones and minimal lines of communication.  Thinking back to all they dealt with, why do we argue and get so upset about a mask?

My friend Jennifer and I were discussing this issue yesterday.  We are blessed with so many freedoms in this county, but when do those freedoms become an entitlement?  When are those greater than loving your neighbor? God’s law should always supersede.  The mask is a step, and if you can take a step to help someone else, it starts to become part of the solution.

So why wear a mask?

  • Of course, the first reason is that it slows the spread of the disease.
  • It protects you and it protects others

 

DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE

Matthew 22:34-40

New International Version

The Greatest Commandment

 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The Pharisees had many laws they always wanted to know which was the most important.  So they asked Jesus.  Jesus told them that if they keep the first two commandments, then they will naturally be able to keep the others.  We shouldn’t worry about what we should not do and concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and to others.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3 that without love, everything else profits us nothing.  From this, we understand that love is the greatest of all human qualities and is an attribute of God himself.  Love involves unselfish service to others.  Faith is the foundation and content of Gods message, hope is the attitude and focus, and love is action.  Does your faithfully express itself in loving others?

So when you question why I should wear a mask, think of it this way:  I wear a mask out of love.  Loving thy neighbor as Christ loves us.

Many think they have it difficult because we have to wear a mask but putting it in perspective as to what our ancestors had to face through their life wearing a mask is simple.

CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

  • Keep your daily appointment
  • Dive deep into the word
  • Wear the mask
  • Fill your cup with Christ

 

RESOURCES:

https://www.whiterocklocators.com/blog/imagine-if-you-were-born-1900

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent

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All scripture from biblegateway.com