When is a mask more than a mask?
Wearing a mask has become a topic of social debate in Canada, including churches. Unlike mandating the wearing of seat belts for safety, the use of masks has been left up to the better judgment of Canadians. Time will tell if Canadians have the collective will to be well.
When you see someone wearing a mask in public, what does that say to you about the person?
a) I care
b) I’m cautious
c) I’m concerned.
d) I’m conforming
How does changing the question affect your answer?
What does wearing a mask mean to others?
a) a senior
b) a health care worker
c) someone with asthma or diabetes
d) someone with cancer
Freedom, Honor and Sacrifice
The Alberta government took a huge risk on us. Suggesting, not mandating, masks be worn inside and outside is an appeal to altruism. However, left to our own devices, the path of least resistance is the road well travelled. Nonetheless, the freedom to choose is a gift. Wearing a mask may be a short-lived opportunity to be counter-culture and act selflessly, out of love.
The New Testament calls such behavior, “in honor preferring the other.” Is this a season of unmasking our preferences?
David Brooks’ NY Times opinion piece doesn’t leave any doubt about his perspective. “If you don’t breathe the spirit of the nation, if you don’t have a fierce sense of belonging to each other, you’re not going to sacrifice for the common good. We’re confronted with a succession of wicked problems and it turns out we’re not even capable of putting on a friggin’ mask.”
Little Things, Big Differences
As with all things, not every person is capable of participating; some people are not able to wear a mask.
What do you think about wearing a mask?
I’m curious. No judgment. Would you take a moment and let me know what your practice or opinion is by joining the conversation at the bottom of this page. a) Caring b) Cautious c) Concerned d) Conformed e) Other Thank you.
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