𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐊𝐒 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐅𝐀𝐈𝐓𝐇-𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐃 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐅𝐀𝐈𝐓𝐇-𝐅𝐔𝐋

(Church follow-up from yesterday’s post)

Faith-filled is about us. Faith-ful is about the neighbor. Both/And are important.

𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡-𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 to me means we wear it as a statement of faith of protection for us, for our own protection. To me, this is praying Psalm 91 and believing that wearing our masks are a part of protection for our personal health and lives against COVID-19 to be all that God wants us to be – healthy body, soul, and spirit. And everyone said Amen. 😉

𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡-𝐟𝐮𝐥 means we wear a mask as a statement of loving our neighbors, for their protection. To me, this is living Galatians 5:13-14 and being faithful to loving our neighbors according to the Gospel. To me, this is the story of the Good Samaritan – seeing the vulnerable and choosing not to walk by. Perhaps, as Christians, this is the greatest motivation and witness we have. See here: https://tinyurl.com/y9ykykve

𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫? The latter is one of the most important things we can do for our neighbors in this pandemic. Masks are not just about us – as Christians, they are also about our neighbors too. That is why I would strongly encourage masking to be mandatory, not optional.

Let me give an example: If a church makes it optional to wear a mask and only 50% do, the other 50% are at risk of getting COVID-19 AND at risk of spreading if they are infected. If you go to church with a mask but others are not wearing one, you can still get COVID-19. We have known for a long time that masks work really well, but only if most (hopefully all) people are wearing one. We know that your mask protects me and mine protects you. (I’ll put those sources at the end.)

So, I would strongly encourage masking to not be optional. Especially indoors at a church service. With a virus like COVID-19, our neighbors are our real-life neighbors, real-life church family, but also our healthcare workers, essential workers, vulnerable populations because of age, and vulnerable populations because of poverty in our towns and state. We know COVID-19 disproportionally affects certain groups (see the ‘Who is our neighbor?’ post for the stats on that). For lots of us, we have a great opportunity to show Jesus’ love through faithFUL wearing of a mask to these neighbors. Let’s do Both/And with our masks, web-peeps. Remember that you have to distance when you wear a mask. It’s not enough just to wear a mask – especially at this point in the pandemic. And, pull your mask over your nose. =)

-Friendly neighbor epidemiologist

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SOURCES:

𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡/𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬:

1. Who are the neighbors? Go here: https://tinyurl.com/y9ykykve

2. What does it mean to have faith over fear? Praying Psalm 91 and living Galatians 5. I also talk about John MacArthur’s stance on church and masking in this post: https://tinyurl.com/yxsaatcf

3. Now is the time to rethink indoor church: https://tinyurl.com/y5uk354l

4. This is the best sermon I’ve heard so far on this topic by Andy Stanley. If you haven’t heard it yet, I’d highly recommend it.: https://tinyurl.com/y6fqajxc

𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐊𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐏𝐇𝐘𝐒𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐍𝐆

1. Masks work: The strongest evidence we have https://tinyurl.com/yxkymuof https://tinyurl.com/y2ux4owk

2. Mask 101: Why they work, exposure time, how to wear and disinfect your mask correctly https://tinyurl.com/yxvayp76 https://tinyurl.com/y6zxl2u3

3. Myth-busters for mask: A LONG post debunking common myths about masks (masks work realy well, clearing up what the surgeon general/WHO said, CO2 fears) https://tinyurl.com/y642sefb

4. Did the Surgeon General or WHO say not to wear masks? https://tinyurl.com/y4d8ghk2

5. Sheltering in place works https://tinyurl.com/y66halh3 https://tinyurl.com/y2cn5vdq

6. Let’s talk masks, face shields, and gaiters: Why you need to pull your masks over your nose – https://tinyurl.com/y5rfqhqk

7. Why state-wide mask mandates work! – https://tinyurl.com/yxu6gl4r

8. A reminder of when someone is contagious and the importance of masks (and a note on bipartisan science) – https://tinyurl.com/y4rfjmc5

9. Does wearing a mask protect me even if others around me aren’t wearing one? https://tinyurl.com/yxj8lvdc

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