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Probing Questions

Malachi 2:10 (NIV): “Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?”

Our nation is divided. We even have division within the Church. It is hard for me to believe that we are now having mask wars within the Christian community. Just today I read an article that addressed the differences of approach that churches and Christians are taking.

Just yesterday I talked with a pastor friend who is dealing with other Christian men who have very different opinions regarding masks. One states that not wearing a mask demonstrates his faith while the other states that those who don’t agree with him on the wearing of masks are foolish. Wow. Talk about divisions. We have even resorted to name calling.

Satan, our real enemy, is having a field day laughing at the strife. For Christians, this should not be. Let me state that again in another way. There is simply no excuse for Jesus followers to be up in arms about masks. There are those who love Jesus with all their hearts on both sides.

In situations like this, we should be reminded what Malachi shared with his probing questions: “Do we not all have on Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?” I believe that masks are simply not that important to be a wall of separation between those who follow God. For me, I choose to love those who have differing opinions. Instead, may I focus on Jesus and choose to love all, especially Christian brothers and sisters, with the sacrificial love that He has given me.

Prayer: Father, oh how you must be grieved. Please forgive us for divisions within your followers. May I be Your instrument of peace, regardless of how I may feel about masks. May I love others the way you have loved me.

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