Masks and the Christian: Matt B. Redmond
re: Masks and the Christian
“How should a Christian respond when the authorities ask us to wear a mask?”
We actually have an answer from Jesus and it has nothing to do with any political opinion or even scientific opinion.
“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.”
Almost all commentators interpret this verse in light of a Roman soldier’s prerogative of conscripting a Jew to assist him for up to a mile. It was the law of the promised land unfortunately. And it was a pretty unjust law. Certainly inconvenient.
We can only assume that when this happened, a Jew might hope for the Messiah, who would overthrow Rome and do away with these unjust and inconvenient laws.
Along comes Jesus claiming to be the Messiah and what does he do? In his magnum opus sermon, he says, “In my kingdom, not only will you do the one mile but you’ll then ask, ‘Anything else I can do for you?’”
That had to be confusing.
It would be fair to say they did not yet understand how Jesus’ kingdom worked.
Regardless of how inconvenient wearing a mask is and regardless of the debate over how effective they are and regardless of our civil rights being infringed upon, when told to wear a mask, I can only assume I am not called to fight, protest, or complain.
I assume my response and the response of my fellow brothers and sisters who follow Jesus should be, “What else can I do for you?”
And if this is what our disposition should be toward the secular authorities then it should be even easier when our pastors and elders ask us to do this.
Not fight them.
And for the love, not find another church.
Jesus is not merely asking us to suffer here. He is putting us on a path of joyful submission leading to real life.
Jesus knows better than anyone how to live in a world in which the governing authorities will use their power to their advantage without caring about the weak.
He also knows this is the best way to live.
This is how we become like him.
And it’s how we display our hope in our King and his kingdom among the promises of power made by the kingdoms of this world.