Wearing a Mask: Christian or Communist

The following isn’t a post I thought I would have to write until I saw some of the responses to my position on wearing masks.

I’m a member of a few groups that want to restart Missouri’s economy. Ending the blanket lockdowns is a worthy cause; otherwise, we’ll soon see poverty take hold in our state and nation.

Some of the conversations I’ve had have not been so fruitful—especially those centered around whether one should wear a mask or not.

To start, I’ll share my position, which evolved since the beginning. Initially, the CDC told us that only those who are sick should wear a mask.

It turns out the CDC wasn’t very honest with this advice. We don’t know who is sick and who isn’t. I could be walking around, asymptomatic, spreading the Coronavirus to others.

I do not believe the government has the authority to mandate one to wear a mask, but I do think personal responsibility strongly warrants the use of one. So, it should be voluntary, but I would urge my fellow Americans to do so. Nations, like South Korea, that have been wearing masks have shown flatter curves than those who are not used to doing so.

For this position, I’ve been called a “commie” and a “democrap” by a few extremists. I’ve seen this response grow on social media, and it’s pretty disturbing.

I don’t have the foggiest clue how one jumps to communism with my position, but let’s look into it.

What is communism?

Theoretically, communism is the shared ownership of property by society. All then share the gains of the use of the property.

In reality, it is the unfettered control of the economy by the government, dictating production, and who benefits.

Is promoting the voluntary use of masks communism?

No. Not in the least.

I’ve started seeing some stores, like Costco and Menards, telling patrons they must wear a mask to enter.

Is this an example of communism?

No. Costco and Menards own their property, and it is well within their authority to make rules regarding the use of their private property. If you don’t like the rules, don’t shop with them, but you should support their right and authority to make those rules.

If I’m not a “commie” for promoting the use of masks, then why do I do so?

According to my faith, I’m supposed to care for others.

I know there’s debate on the effectiveness of wearing a mask. Does wearing a mask protect you from being infected? Does wearing a mask keep you from spreading to others?

These are great questions.

What I do know is that there is a chance that it helps slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and wearing a mask is a simple and inexpensive activity.

I think it’s easier to wear a mask than to stand six-feet apart, and though I’m sure it will be proven wrong by a study somewhere, those two actions appear to be interchangeable at this time.

Shawn Lazar, at the Grace Evangelical Society, shared a quote from Martin Luther that I believe applies to our situation. I’ve shared it before, but I have not problem doing so again.

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above.

Martin Luther

Luther’s quote sums up well how Christians should react to the current pandemic.

  • We should not fear physical death.
  • We should be cautious about our actions.
  • We should help others.

God calls us to love Him and to love others. Wearing a mask has the potential of sparing others from a virus you might be carrying unawares. It is a simple act of love that anyone can undertake.

Why are those who often espouse our founding fathers, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the protection of our rights also against those who voluntarily wear a mask or mandate others wear them on their private property?

If you want freedom, then you need to be promoting self-governance and morality.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

Everyone lives under law. That law can be internal and virtuous, or it can be external and tyrannical.

My internal law is my Christian faith. Though I am a work in progress, the Scripture is my guide, instructing my interactions with others.

Those who would disparage others for wearing masks should make sure they understand the proper roles of both government and self-governance. 

You can decry government interference in your life, but if you’re not willing to govern yourself, you’re instead inviting the mandates of others.

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