“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.”
[For the whole passage from Paul concerning non-essential issues in the Church, see Romans 14:1-23.]
This blog is somewhat of a cheat on my part. Below is an email I got from my (distant, as in he doesn’t even know me, but I “follow” him) friend and mentor, Matt Hallock, as I am a subscriber to his site, “Man. Warrior. King.”
Anyway, I talk a lot of smack regarding the wearing of masks – just with my wife and eldest son and (closest) friends as I am not tyrannical in my views, nor do I get into upsetting people’s consciences on purpose.
But, much of what I think about wearing masks Matt addresses in his email that I pasted below. So, instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ve decided just to share what he shared. I think it’s (obviously) worth a read. (Easy blog post today. Easy blog post. Thanks, Matt!)
Peace be with you,
From Matt Hallock: “I was out a few days ago, going to get an infusion treatment at the clinic where I have gone off and on for the past few years.
It’s at this clinic where I’ve prayed for my IV technician, I’ve given specific prophetic words from the Lord to various nurses, and I’ve prayed for other patients to be healed.
But this time, I noticed a shift in myself…and not for the better. I go out and I look around at the people wearing masks all over Silicon Valley, and all of the heated political issues of our current day come springing to mind.
And I noticed how easy it’s been for me to see the world through a political lens lately, especially when facing the constant reminder on everyone’s face.
So I prayed.
I asked Jesus to cleanse me of this less than Kingdom worldview. I asked him to remove those roots of judgment and anger that sneak in and don’t actually produce life.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that anger can be okay…good even…if it’s a healthy kind of anger.
But that anger about the trend of the current world. The anger about political issues. The anger about my life being encroached upon….
It hit me that those things were becoming more important to me than me becoming like Jesus and bringing his presence to the other patient walking by in the parking garage.
I was more conscious of my mask and how I hated wearing it and think it’s stupid, than I was of the fact that these people around me need Jesus more than ever…need me to lay hands on them. Need to be restored.”
Well said, Matt. Thank you!