We’ve found ourselves in a surreal point in history with a pandemic raging across the world and taking millions of lives. As of the writing of this article, there have been 4.39 million deaths worldwide. Each country, state, and county have handled things differently, for better or worse. One of the controversial topics among Christian circles is face masks. Do we have a responsibility to wear them or is there freedom to choose what makes us feel comfortable?

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This question, among others surrounding Covid, is popular on eBible. On this platform, users can read and study the Bible as well as ask and answer questions. It’s a great way to deepen your understanding of scripture and get different perspectives on Christian living and some of the hard-to-answer questions of our faith.

I’ve compiled a few different answers to the question, “Do [Christians] have freedom or responsibility to wear face masks during COVID-19?” You can view the original question and answer thread here!

Obedience

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This answer comes from eBible user, Tim Maas:

I would say that, as long as the wearing of masks is mandated by any level of law (that is, local, state, or federal) that applies to a given individual, it would be the responsibility of a Christian to obey such laws.

Even in the absence of such laws (in my opinion), although Christians would have the freedom not to wear a mask, the spirit of love toward others that all Christians should possess and exhibit in their actions should motivate them to take all steps necessary to protect those others (not to mention themselves).

Also, failure or deliberate refusal to wear a mask based on professed trust in God’s protection could, in my opinion, actually be regarded as putting God to the test, which the Bible specifically forbids (Deuteronomy 6:16; Luke 4:12).

Responsibility

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A similar argument is made by user Jack Gutknecht:

The one reason I believe we have the responsibility to wear masks during COVID-19 is out of consideration for the most vulnerable in our communities.

Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Over the past months we have found that certain groups are more vulnerable to the worst outcomes if infected by the coronavirus. The CDC has noted that the older you are, or if you have an underlying medical condition, you are more likely to die from this contagious disease. I have 2 people at home that both have mitral valve prolapse syndrome and insomnia issues (REALLY suffering there). I feel I have the responsibility to protect them by wearing my mask at work and in public so that I don’t contract COVID and communicate it to them either asymptomatically or otherwise.

Jesus says that when we serve others, we serve Him!

Freedom

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Emo Tenorio gives us a different perspective. (Note: This answer has been summarized due to possible misinformation. You can view the original thread here.)

I humbly submit that my position has always been to protect or promote all liberties and freedoms that the Creator has given us in HIS wisdom.
Within Christendom some mainline churches are now under the newly papered graduates of modern day liberal theological schools. Walking in ideological lock step with their secular traveling companions.

This is manifested as; a good piteous CHRISTIAN must give up or surrender a targeted RIGHT or LIBERTY now deemed as mean / evil by this holy hoity-toity…

The Constitution does not ENUMERATE any FEDERAL powers to trample our protected rights; thus neither do STATE or LOCAL bureaucrats. Our true responsibility is to the inalienable rights / freedom given by the Master, not to the unconstitutional whims of man. Of course you have the freedom to choose your path or do you really?
(Galatians 4:16)

“We do not destroy the heretic… we capture his inner mind, we reshape him.” ~George Orwell

In the Lord’s Freedom surrendering nothing…warrior on

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