And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV)
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
The Apostle Paul was calling the church to exercise patience as he wrote to two churches. The first century was a trying time for the church. One example was Christ's statement in John 16:2, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." Paul was one of these people prior to his conversion.
Today the things that test our patience are different but require the same trust in God and consideration for our fellow man. In 2020 the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 is the crisis that tests our patience. How often do we hear people say, "I'm so tired of all these restrictions." Others are heard saying, "I hate all these uncertainties." This kind of unrest can then bring us to a point that a personal decision is made to just ignore the danger to ourselves and others.
From the scriptures listed above we have a guide for our conduct in the midst of the pandemic. We are not to grow weary in doing the right thing. The right thing is that which is best both for ourselves and our neighbors. To practice behavior that insures good health practices and that limits the spread of this virus is Christian behavior. This needs to be a goal not only as we worship but also in our daily lives.
Some declare that trying to get them to wear a mask is an affront to their freedom. If the only person affected by their behavior was themselves that might be true. Good health practices such as maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, practicing hand washing and other recommended practices, are for the good of all those that you encounter in your daily life. I have encountered ministers of the gospel that declare that requiring these health practices hampers their ability to demonstrate their faith and trust in God. Both lay people and ministers need to find a way to show their faith so that it does not put their neighbor's life and health in danger.
Christ is the great physician who can heal both body and soul. If I become ill, I will certainly call on the Lord for healing. I will not thrust myself in a perilous situation and then depend on God to rescue me. The tenth commandment is, " Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God."
During this trying time, let us exercise good judgment and concern for our neighbors.