In an effort to help us think biblically during these times, the elders will be addressing situations we are facing from a godly perspective.
And today we’re talking about protective face masks! (Gulp!)
As followers of Jesus Christ, we follow him in all matters of life. To say “Jesus is Lord” is to declare that Caesar is not! As disciples of Jesus, we are to have no other allegiances. That means there should be no adjective that precedes our Christian identity, for to do so would modify our devotion to Him. There is no such thing as a Democratic Christian, Republican Christian, or even an Independent Christian in the Bible. We are Christians, period.
So why wear masks to church and in public?
Romans 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17 tells us to obey the governing authorities, for God establishes them. In the Scriptures, we see the people of God defying the governing bodies when those in power commanded the taking of innocent life (Exodus 1, Joshua 2), the worship of a false god (Daniel 1, 3, 6) or not to preach the gospel (Acts 5). Disciples of Jesus are to submit to the governing authorities for as long as possible. They only refuse to do so when the government forces them to disobey God.
So is wearing a protective mask worshipping Caesar or God?
We do not believe our state and national authorities require us to wear masks to take life but to protect it. Protecting life isn’t about bowing down to Ceasar, but a loving action for the church and those outside the church (Galatians 5:13, 6:10). At no point has any person in authority commanded us not to preach the gospel. They have asked us to do so in a way that is safe for everyone. That is why wearing a mask isn’t bowing down to Caesar, but an act of devotion and love for God and our neighbor (Matthew 22:34-40).
Grace Point Church Northwest, as we gather on Sundays and go out into our communities, let us wear a protective mask as we are physically able. Let us not do so to identify with a political party or agenda. Rather, let us wear them to worship God and love our neighbors. We hope this has been helpful to you as we all try to approach our current circumstances from a biblical perspective during this time. Know that we’re praying for you. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.