One Who Took Off the Mask

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One Who Took Off the Mask

By |2020-04-22T22:49:01+00:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

A dear sister in Christ reached out to me the other day concerning my post against Governor Wolf’s mandated face masks; she had evidently come to similar convictions and actions. She said,

Hey Nate, I share your very valid issues with face masks and really appreciated your post on Facebook. I’ve had a couple positive experiences at Giant myself that I’d love to write about, but I’m a little bit afraid to do so publicly.

I don’t believe it’s fear of man, but more so that I don’t want to erase some opportunities that I have to talk to various folks in my life such as relatives, employees, and others. I’m afraid that attaching my name to my thoughts might shut those doors.

I’m praying about whether this is a wise fear or actually fear of man since I don’t want to delude myself. But in the meantime, would it be helpful if I wrote about my experiences, shared them with you, and had you post them anonymously? In the meantime, I would welcome your thoughts on my concern about publicizing my experience and opinion.

I of course was happy to get this message, and told her that I thought her reasons for anonymity were absolutely valid. So she sent me the following description of what happened when she decided to take off the mask (physically if not metaphorically :-)).

Pennsylvania’s Governor Wolf is exceeding what the law allows him to do and our rights are being trampled. Some may say this is OK because lives will be saved and it’s worth it, but is this really true? If we concede our rights to the government, we shouldn’t be surprised when one day we look up and have no rights left to us.

An area where the government is overstepping its bounds is by requiring face masks to be worn in retail settings. This is an overreaching of power and so I resisted when I visited the Souderton Giant food store twice today. The first time, I went in with a mask on. I experienced a very eerie feeling as I stood in the produce department and took a few minutes to figure out why it felt this way. I realized it was because I could see 20 employees and customers from where I stood but there was complete silence. No one was talking. No one was looking at anyone else. No one was connected to another person. It was deeply grieving and I couldn’t participate any longer. I took off my mask.

No one looked differently at me and no one said anything. I encountered 3 other people on that visit that weren’t wearing masks. I left the store about 30 minutes later.

After leaving, I realized I had forgotten something so I went back in—still without my mask. The same employee was at the door as the first time I entered but this time he said management had talked to him and if anyone came in without a mask, he was supposed to offer them one. He very politely and pleasantly then offered me a mask. I smiled and declined saying that I have asthma. This is true although it is very mild asthma. He smiled and said it was OK to come in. (The Governor’s order says, “individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition”. Once again, I was unhindered as I shopped for the next 10 minutes.

I will continue to resist participating in the Commonwealth’s breaking of their own laws and will not be wearing a mask. But more importantly, I will continue to pray for the physical and spiritual health of our nation as well as those who make the laws and are sworn to uphold them.

For guidelines on how you too can resist government overreach peacefully and biblically, check out my previous two posts on this subject.

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