Recently I was sat down by a dear friend who is torn between two worlds. They read all of Romans 14 to me and asked me to reflect about this. I kind of got irritated that I felt like I was basically being told that it’s cool that many of my Christian friends blatantly disregard public health practices whose denial directly contributes to the increased suffering and potential death of some of their “neighbors.”
The opposite perspective of mine is just that if you have enough faith you won’t bother with any public health measures or can just ignore them. I hear it a lot from people who reject pretty much all public health measures.
So anyway I decided to put people who wear face masks and those who don’t into the context of Romans 14 and am not really seeing how that makes sense. Do you think I’m missing something here?
Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. One person believes in not wearing face masks, but the weak person always wears face masks. The one who doesn’t wear face masks must not despise the one who does, and the one who does must not judge the one who never wears them, for God has accepted him. Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind…
Do you think that there are principles to apply to a widely divise topic within the church? Is it okay for Christians to just have their own opinion about face masks and be fully convinced in your own mind? Is this topic comparable to eating certain foods or picking a day you want to worship God on? What do you think about applying Romans 14 to this topic or other basic public health measures?