Would Paul Wear a Mask?

I wear a mask. I don’t like them, they cause my glasses to fog up, they create issues with my hearing aids, they make it difficult to breathe. Legally I can claim a medical condition to exempt me. I’m not even sure how effective they are. So why do I wear one? In I Corinthians, Paul declared his freedom in Christ, yet said he made himself servant to all. Basically he was declaring a desire that he not be a stumbling block to someone’s path to salvation. “I have become all things to all men.” Not wishy-washy but committed to do what he could to save all.

Obviously, wearing or not wearing a mask is not a condition of Christianity. But, as Christians we say we love our fellow human beings. Wearing a mask can be a step we take to show we care. And it’s not something we should argue about when someone disagrees. You don’t wear a mask, I’m not going to berate you, give you 99 reasons why you should. That’s your choice and even if I disagree with you, I still love you.

I think Paul would wear a mask.

Published by John Stancil

John Stancil is a retired college professor and CPA living in Lakeland FL. John has always been active in his church, fulfilling a variety of roles. He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, usually faith-based. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren. Writing has always been a passion of his and he was widely published in professional accounting journals. He’s frequently written other types of articles primarily about his faith. John is a big sports fan, especially hockey, baseball, and soccer. He enjoys a wide variety of concerts and music as well as live theater. He is an avid reader. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis, an MBA from the University of Georgia, and a BS in Accounting from Mars Hill University. John grew up in Asheville, NC and has lived in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and now Florida. He loves to travel, especially cruising. Several years ago he traveled to Ghana on a mission trip to distribute 4,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

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