Covid-19 Masks: Are They Biblical?

I have been wearing my mask since the beginning of the pandemic. I even have a fancy one for weddings. Of course I don’t LIKE it. I would much rather be able to hear more than a muffled voice when someone speaks to me, and I am aware that I am breathing in my own exhaled breath.

But as a Christian, I wear it because I want to stay healthy, I feel I have a moral obligation, and because it can be backed up with Scripture.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” ~ Matthew 25:40

Dave and I live in a condo. We know of many residents in our building who are vulnerable, and we are sure that there are others we are not aware of. We wear our masks when we are not in our own home, because we want to protect our neighbours. Being homebodies, we are working a great deal from home, and my weddings are limited. But there are times we must venture outside our front door, and we always wear our masks.

Be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. ~ Titus 3:1

Our region recently passed a mandate, requiring that masks must be worn at all times indoors, except in your own home. As Christians, we have to further obligation to obey the laws put in place.

”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ~ John 13:34

What better way to show love for one another? At any given time, we could be infected with the virus and be unaware that we are passing it to others. Although we are both in our 60s, Dave and I are both healthy enough that we would recover. But that is not the case for someone we could unknowingly pass it on to, especially our immune-compromised next door neighbour, whose front door is only a few feet from ours. Wearing our masks is how we show we love for one another.

It’s a small price to pay to save another person’s life, and I have no doubt: Jesus would have worn the mask.

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