To strangers and friends

To the Editor:

I have been and continue to be deeply disturbed to the point of anger by every man and woman who enters any public business without wearing a mask, for such an action puts everyone around them at risk, and this is everyone, even those long known friends and chums.

What bothers me most is what I understand to be a “lack of consideration” for each other. Now, speaking from a Christian point of view, I want us to reflect on first, the truth that if we, male and female, are made in his image, then we are violating our own creation and the nature of our Creator; and second, the truth that Paul eloquently affirms for us in Philippians 2:3-4, with his sharp warning about what it means when we do not regard others as being better than ourselves, and I quote, “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic times in which we live, move, and have our being is one very unique crisis in that its eradication depends on our doing something for and with regard of others, and on their doing something for and with regard for us. To act differently, is to sin in the eyes of God.

And now, speaking from the view of an American, I want us to reflect on the Pledge of Allegiance in which we pledge our allegiance, our loyalty to “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Again, the COVID-19 pandemic times commit us to acting out the pledge by in fact regarding each other as a part of this “one nation” that aspires to being a nation with liberty and justice for all. This is a call to each and everyone of us to assume the responsibilities of citizenship for which every man and woman who has and will wear the uniform of the U.S. military.

To all the strangers and friends we greet each day, I want you to know how important your adherence to wearing the mask, keeping your distance, and using hand sanitizers as well as washing your hands means to each of us, whoever we are. 

Shalom, 

Rev. Karen Blatt

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