May 14, 2020

For the sake of my parents and other at-risk people that I know:

I am continuing to stay at home and practice social distancing.

I am continuing to wear a mask in public and limit my outings.

I am continuing to use grocery pick up orders instead of entering stores, as much as possible.

I am continuing to wash my hands and wipe items down with sanitizer when I bring them inside my house.

Do I believe everything the media or government says? No.

Do I think some people have hijacked a bad situation for their own personal goals and gain? Yes.

Do I want to take precautions to protect people from a very real virus, regardless of its origin? Yes.

Do I want to do all of this out of love? Yes.

I’m not going to tell people that wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is wrong or right. Or that gathering or staying home is wrong or right. Others have their convictions, and I have mine. I don’t see any biblical grounds to say that either of these is sin or not sin. I believe that the way some people are handling the discussion of these things could count as sin; some of my own discussion in the past few weeks included.

The online atmosphere is very volatile. I have had to reevaluate my response to things. Does what I say prove that I’m living a set-apart life? Is it reflective of Kingdom living? I’ve not gone out and done a bunch of things for others during all of this. I’ve been dealing with a myriad of emotions and reactions to all of this, just as many of you have. I’ve tried to keep in touch with people via text message and Zoom chats, to still try to be an encouragement where I can be.

That’s all I’ve got to say on this for now. I want to leave you with some Scriptures.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/1co.13.4-7.nlt

“You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/1co.10.23-24.nlt

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/eph.4.29.nlt

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/1co.16.13-14.nlt

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