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Would Paul Wear a Mask?
John Edgerton



September 15, 202

I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus,
 that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards
something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
If one of your kindred in Christ is distressed because of
 what you eat, you are no longer acting in love.
-
Romans 14:14-15 (NIV)

What Christians could and couldn’t eat was a divisive
question in Paul's time.Some felt that the dietary laws

of the Hebrew Bible were still binding. Others felt those
peccadilloes were just for those who lacked faith. Paul,
for his part, was adamant: Christians were free to eat
whatever they chose. Bacon. Lobster. Bacon-wrapped
lobster. Bon appétit!

However, Paul said, some of the “eat what you want”
types went too far. They were eating foods  that some
people considered unclean, and they were doing it in front
of those same people to make some kind of point. It was the
first-century equivalent of bringing a rack of ribs to a vegan’s
housewarming party just to prove how tasty ribs are. Or of
entering a business, refusing to wear a mask, then screaming
about “rights.”

Paul’s point was simple: If I distress other people because of
how I’m living, then I’m making the wrong choices. What I’m
free to do and what I ought to do aren’t always the same.
Being Christian means willingly giving up some freedoms in
order to better care for my neighbor.

Paul would not need a primer on microbiology before deciding
whether to wear a mask. Paul would wear a mask because if
he refused to wear a mask, he would cause people distress
and risk.Paul would wear a mask because it’s the Christian
thing to do.

Prayer
Help us love our neighbor at least as much as we love our own
freedom.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Edgerton is Lead Pastor at

 First United Church of Oak Park, Illinois

 

 

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