Everyone Welcome - Of Meat and Masks
Posted on March 5, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Why yes, of course, I’m glad to not eat meat offered to idols! No worries. That might cause someone weaker to sin and I wouldn’t want to do that.
Wear a mask and socially distance? Why would I do that? What do you mean someone may stay away from my church because we are exercising our freedom?! That sin is on them, right? They’re just weak, I tell you! Hey, let’s get back to meat offered to idols. I don’t like that anyway.
Of course, I remember that verse in 1 Corinthians that says “everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful [or] builds up.” (10:23 CSB).
Are you saying that wearing a mask and socially distancing during a pandemic with new variants could make it possible for the weaker among us to fellowship with us again? Would non-believers be more likely to check us out as well? I hadn’t thought about that.
I don’t think you’re talking about meat offered to idols. I guess this meat and mask stuff do go together because “no one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person” (10:24).
Yes, I’ll listen to another Bible verse. Is this one going to hurt, too?
“I also try to please everyone in everything, not seeking my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved” (10:33).
So, okay, I have freedom, but I’ll gladly limit that to help others come to Christ!
--Mark Snowden wears a mask during the Covid pandemic as director of the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.