If you are like me, you are growing weary of people posting about masks on social media. I wrote “growing weary” because it sounded more Jesus-like than “sick of” – – and this is a blog to honor Him, even when I fail to do that, which I do at times. I cannot imagine that we do not have all the information we need. I do not believe we need more information about masks. My mind is made up. Your mind is made up.
The “mask everywhere” people are convinced they need to be worn while biking in the park, shopping for groceries, and walking the beach. There is a more moderate approach where people believe they should be worn by both parties when you are interacting directly with others. On the polar opposite end of the spectrum there is the “no masks for me under any circumstances” crowd. The one thing I have not seen about masks is anyone respond, “You are right. I was a non-believer, but you have convinced me that I need to wear a mask.” I would like to use the guy in the “that would be great” meme to write, “If everyone would quit posting about masks, that would be great.” I do not say this to promote one side or the other. I am just telling you that I believe peoples’ minds are made up. I say this even as I believe everyone is free to post whatever they want and this blog post is not really to convince anyone to quit posting about masks. In the same way, everyone is free to wear one or free to go mask-less when not mandated by the CDC, local municipalities, or individual businesses. People are free to comply and shop in stores and states that require them or free to avoid those states and stores if they refuse to wear one. We live in the land of the free and there is a cost to that.
In my own opinion, one of the major traits of our society is that once people are convinced of something, they are rarely convinced of something different, especially on an individual basis. Of course, there are gradual changes that occur within our society and many people eventually go along. The acceptance of divorce, abortion, gay marriage, and country music are issues in which much of our society has evolved in my lifetime. You may see things differently, but I just feel that on an individual basis it is rare that people are ever converted to or from anything.
It is what makes someone being converted to Jesus so rare and miraculous. Yesterday I preached about leaven from Matthew 13:33. I talked about the Holy Ghost placing “yeast” in our hearts and that a decision for Jesus is instant salvation, then the changes in our desires and lives begin. Salvation takes an act of God, for sure. And God does act and is acting. I wish I had thought to say yesterday that the Holy Ghost uses “active yeast”! He proclaims Himself and gives us all the evidence we need to turn to Jesus. Because we are free to choose Him, we are also free to turn Him down or not to choose at all, which is in itself a vote against. The signers of the Declaration of Independence had it right when they wrote in the preamble:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
God offers us freedom. Yet, too often we choose to live enslaved to God’s enemy. The enemy is famous for giving us just enough comfort, security, and safety to keep us from risking freedom. I know today’s blog is a little longer than usual and I appreciate that you are still reading. I hope you are not mad that I used the mask argument to bring you to this point. Against all odds, if you have not done so, I hope you will consider the freedom that comes from having your sins forgiven.
A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.~ John 8:35-36
Romans 10:9 – “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”