Flatlander Faith

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

The mask

I am very susceptible to respiratory allergies. For that reason I wear a dust mask the first time I mow the lawn in spring. The mower stirs up the dried leaves, dust and mould that have accumulated in the lawn and I know I will have trouble breathing for a few days afterwards if I don’t wear a mask.

This year, half way through summer it turned hot and dry and the grass stopped growing. I mowed the grass one last time in fall to trim it evenly and mulch the tree leaves that had fallen. I wore a mask again for that. My eyes were itchy for a few days after, but I could breathe freely.

Then I thought of the COVID season we are in. If I have no problem wearing a mask to protect myself, why should I have a problem wearing a mask to protect others? If wearing a mask will help to break the chain of transmission of the virus, to people who I know and people I don’t know, then it makes sense to do it.

This is not a season for Christians to become more self-centred, rather we should be even more concerned with the well being of others than we are at other times.

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8.)

3 responses to “The mask

  1. Leona Course October 18, 2020 at 19:14

    Masks are not as effective as the experts are telling us! The stories have been controversial each with someone else’s opinion! I look forward to hearing your opinion!

  2. Bob Goodnough October 18, 2020 at 20:03

    Once this COVID thing is over there will no doubt be post-mortems on the effectiveness of the various measures taken. In the meantime, I think that as Christians we have more useful things to do than to engage in civil disobedience.

  3. Russell Toews October 19, 2020 at 19:36

    Amen. Well said

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