Too much emphasis on individualism has negatively influenced American Christianity.
We’re seeing the affects of it, now I believe.
Love — true love — is sacrificial.
As one pastor said, “Love is a terminal emotion, because it leads to death.”
Maybe not physical death — but love does require sacrificing ourselves (whether it be our lives or ego; pride; ideology; theology; way of life; etc) for the sake of the other.
What is the greatest commandment? Jesus says:
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Amy-Jill Levine says: Jewish law required all Jews to love those within the community, love that especially manifested itself in action with and toward the most vulnerable.
There are too many of us American Christian who cannot embrace the love that requires sacrifice; the love that manifests itself in action with and toward the most vulnerable in our neighborhood.
It’s clear that we put me and tribe first in the guise of God and faith.
This is all to say, for the Love of God, wear a damn mask.
Jesus says, No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends.
And yet here we are, not even willing to put on a mask for whatever reason we can concoct in our self-centered, ego-driven minds.
(Of course, if you’re not a Christian, then this post has no bearing on you.)
In this season, one of the simplest ways to show love to our neighbors — particularly to the most vulnerable — is to wear a mask.
And if you legit have health problems that prevents you from wearing a mask, please just stay home.
Better yet, everyone just stay home…
Christians, if Jesus died on the cross for you, you can wear a damn mask for your neighbor.