Do Not Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand Is Doing: Jean

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  1. Nancy Holmes says:

    I too have been puzzled as to the resistance that some Christians show in wearing a mask and keeping social distance. It seems obvious to me that doing so is a mark of respect and love for our fellow humans–we would not want to risk their health in any way, even if we may never know for sure that doing so has made a difference.

    Why would we, as Christians, NOT do this–preferring others to ourselves and actually possibly avoiding infection for ourselves? I have read the arguments made and in terms of simple Christian service, those arguments simply don’t stand up.

  2. Michael says:

    This is a good contribution, Jean.

  3. Jean says:

    Thank you Michael.

    Nancy, thank you for reading. In response to your questions, maybe we will receive some feedback on those questions.

  4. Em says:

    Matthew 7:21
    We are, perhaps, lacking teachers who can teach us what the will of the Father is….. ? Dunno

    In the 1940s in Glendale, CA. there’d be a knock at the screen door to the service porch (there was an alley behind most houses back then). Grandmother would go out to see who was knocking and there’d be a disheveled soul, “Mam, can you spare something to eat?”
    Grandmother would tell him to wait and she’d go back in the house and make him a substantial sandwich…
    In Colo Springs, in the 1980s, mother’s house faced a park beyond which was a R R track. Occasionally , she would find a young man at her front door with the same question. She’d tell him to wait there on the front porch and she’d go in and fix him a hearty plate of food.
    Funny story
    late one night she heard someone on her porch, looked out and saw a young fellow bedding down for the night. It was very cold and she flipped on the porch light to speak to him. The light exploded and the fellow jumped over the porch rail and took off running.
    He was gone before she could unlock and open her front door. Her house was next door to the R.C. Parish house and she suspected that there was some confusion when directions were given.

    The 1960s when most here were growing up seemed to mark a change in our nation’s outlook. Lots of chaos, questions not answered by the God fearing

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Generosity is indeed a hallmark of Christian character… nice piece.

  6. filbertz says:

    Jean,
    thanks for the contribution. My own thinking regarding masks, social distancing, etc. have been shaped by discussions here. I was quite resistant to begin with, especially due to what I thought were draconian measures by my governor. Yet, I have reconciled the issue in recognizing I do these things for others. It really is a practice of faith–not the religious sort–but trusting ones actions are for the betterment of another regardless of visible proof. I imagine this is your point. Blessings

  7. LInn says:

    I started wearing a mask as soon as it was mandated by my employer. I didn’t mind. Then, a co-worker lost his disabled brother to COViD-19 in a care home, and my cleaning lady lost her brother-in-law. A nurse who worked in the local hospital emergency department shared in our Zoom Bible study that she didn’t know what to say to patients when she knew they probably wouldn’t. make it Suddenly, the mask became the most important individual thing I can do to help fight COVID-19. I wear mine with pride.

  8. Kevin H says:

    Good words, Jean.

    On one hand, I am puzzled by the response of many Christians to this pandemic. On the other hand, I’m not surprised as so many Chrisitans have politicized their faith, and current day politics demand that you be all for your “side” and all against the “other side”. Therefore, when those on the right have concerns about the harm that comes from lockdowns, it doesn’t stop just there. Rather all things pandemic related must be demonized, mocked, and resisted – masks, social distancing, medical experts, government leaders who impose restrictions, etc. And sadly, for many of the Christians who have wrapped up their faith with politics, they follow right along, believing all along the way that they are acting the “Christian” way.

  9. Jean says:

    Thank you Duane, Filbertz, Linn and Kevin.

    Kevin, I think what you are describing is how many people process issues as binary categories or choices. I think you’ve identified a valid issue.

  10. JimmieT says:

    Nancy has expressed my thoughts exactly. THANKS

  11. Bride of Christ says:

    This was a very good post. My youngest daughter and her husband left L.A., where they both had jobs, so that her husband could work as an architect there after a lay off in L.A. The
    They are both dismayed because only half of the people there wear masks. Luckily, they both are able to work from home at their jobs on line, but they still have to go out in public. My father and brother moved to Wisconsin a few years back and they are experiencing the same thing – many people won’t wear masks! We live in San Diego, and everyone wears masks. My older daughter lives in Hawaii with her husband and everyone there wears masks also. I certainly hope that some hearts are changed by your article,Jean, because I worry about my loved ones living in these areas where people seem to be so irresponsible in regards to mask wearing. I wish we could all just get on the same page and come together, do the right thing, and conquer this virus. – its my prayer every single day.

  12. Jean says:

    Thank you BOC.

  13. Jean says:

    The CDC published a new Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 on 11/10/20. So this is the current state of the art on the subject of masks.

    After the following excerpts is a link to the Brief:

    “Studies demonstrate that cloth mask materials can also reduce wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets through filtration, including filtration of fine droplets and particles less than 10 microns.”

    “An economic analysis using U.S. data found that, given these effects, increasing universal masking by 15% could prevent the need for lockdowns and reduce associated losses of up to $1 trillion or about 5% of gross domestic product.”

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

  14. CM says:

    Michael, Jean, and others,

    Here is an interesting article on masks and an interesting Scriptural example:

    https://heidelblog.net/2020/07/of-masks-and-the-weaker-brothers/

  15. CM says:

    All,

    In light of that article I just presented, let me ask all those Christian who refuse to wear masks this question. “Would you drink a beer in front another believer who was a former alcoholic in name of protecting your liberty or individual rights?”

  16. Jean says:

    CM,

    I have heard the Heidelblog rationale before, and I want to identify a flaw in its argument.

    There is a key distinction between eating food offered to idols and mitigating Covid-19 by wearing masks and social distancing. That distinction is found in 1 Cor. 8:4:

    “Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.’ ”

    Unlike food offered to idols, which in reality is good food (because idols have no real existence), Covid-19 has real existence whether you believe that or not. Wearing masks and social distancing have real efficacy (unless you just want to deny the science).

    So, it is not a weakness of those who wear masks, nor a strength of those who don’t, as Paul defines those to attitudes.

    Does that make sense?

  17. CM says:

    Jean,

    Yes it does.

    Though the overall principle of loving your neighbor and thinking of others more highly that yourselves which no doubt is involved in the Meat offered to idols section. After all, if one did espouse those, one would do as Paul mentioned in that text.

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