Getting heavy about masks

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This post is mainly for Christians… and it’s a spanking. Let’s begin.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Let the people who read this message receive it in their hearts and understand it on Your level of love, compassion, and mercy. Amen”

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I went over to the apartment of some friends of mine and wore my mask. They were offended so, in deference to their weakness (remember; pride and offense are weaknesses not strengths in Christianity), I took off my mask. Covid has begun a resurgence in my area. It was thought that the grandson of these people had Covid. He was tested and the test came back negative but he is still sick with something. I thought they had been aroudn his mother so I wore my mask because (and they know this) my husband has about five or so of the markers that make him high risk for Covid but these people though their feelings were more important that another person’s health.

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Right, Jesus?

There has been a… what… scandal? a ‘to-do’? Up at a local ministry in Woodland Park, CO. Andrew Wommack, a local Evangelical pastors, has a ‘healing’ ministry in Woodland Park. He had a ‘healing’ conference and no one wore masks (I guess it looks bad for a ministry that professes the ability to heal to wear masks. Maybe it shows fear? (there’s that pride again) Or perhaps someone though tit would be a sign of weak faith? I don’t know but now, people are sick including people in that ministry. Truly I pray Lord have mercy and heal them. JUDGE GRANTS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST ANDREW WOMMACK MINISTRIES.

I have lived this poo storm friend. Not at this ministry but at other Evangelical churches. It’s not pretty. The pressure is real, the judgement is real, the stress is unbelievable.

The church is supposed to be a hospital, not a courtroom. The most intolerant environment I personally have ever been in has been EVERY Evangelical Church I have attended. No joke and no exaggeration (I’m saving more information on this for my memoir.).

I thought I had left that behind when I joined Orthodox Christianity because of what I had learned in catecumen class. Not so. As the song ebony and Ivory says; ‘People are same wherever you go.’ Imagine my disappointment when some Orthodox Christians had spouted off against the Bishops who adhered to state guidelines and put into place state regulations for their parishes.

Some of the things I learned in catecumen class are; The Church does not need my opinion to function (perhaps they were absent for that class?), the Church is in authority not me (The Church is not a democracy, Jesus did not preach democracy or fairness because if fairness was truly His message we all would be in hell. Heaven has a hierarchy. The sooner we learn that the happier we will be.) Truly no Christian has the right to; complain: 1 Thess. 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. to be prideful:Proverbs 11:2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Pssst, we are being prideful when we do not wear our masks. Andrew Wommack ministries was prideful and now they are being disgraced; but I’ll wager (forgive me I only bet doughnuts) that they will not see that they have been prideful. They will not repent.)) also as Christians we are not to be haughty or condescending.

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People are using bible verses about other people’s weakness as a source of pride (again not good not Christ-like). We are supposed to be lovingly accommodating towards other people. Stop hassling the priests and bishops who are adhering to state health department regulations. Be humble. Consider others better than yourself. Do all things in love. These are the words of, Christ.

People often quote that we are not to have a ‘spirit of fear’ then conveniently leave out the part about being disciplined (wearing a mask would be a type of discipline).

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7 | NIV

1 Corinthians 10:27-28 (taken from the Orthodox Christian Study Bible (commentary included))

‘If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you and for conscience’ sake, for “the earth is the Lord’s , and all its fullness.”

Commentary:

I hope you can read this.
Guess what, Paul considered more important than whatever made up rights you think are being violated by wearing a mask? More important than your ministry’s reputation? Christian love and unity. Refusing to wear a mask based on your worldly (read; personal and prideful) principals does not show your fellow Christians love.
Christ told us to consider others more important than ourselves. Based just on that concept alone, what right do we have to flip-out and refuse to wear a mask? None.
You’ve read that they are not effective against the virus… good for you wear it anyway.
You’re a ‘bigwig’ leader in a small town ministry… good for you wear it anyway.
You have __________ health issue and can’t wear a mask… good for you wear it anyway. If you die you’re a martyr, pray for me.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
And yet, you complain and refuse to wear a mask. Where is your love?

My hope is that someone will read this, have an, ‘ah-ha’ moment. This is not JUST about wearing a mask. America is in a grip of an epidemic of hate and turmoil. Where is our love? We have so much hypocrisy in our lives as Christians. Where can we show people the love of Christ?
People are looking for big, grand gestures to perform to show their commitment to a cause.

If wearing a mask is a big deal to you, there is your grand gesture of love.