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Response to Mask Mandate

Posted by Wayne Holcomb on

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Well as most of you know by now, our governor mandated the wearing of masks when entering buildings unless for health reasons someone cannot tolerate a mask. This obviously is going to raise questions as to how this will impact our worship at Wellington.

As the spiritual leaders of this congregation our primary focus is to honor the Lord through obedience to His word in ways that truly glorify Him. When it comes to the latest mandate there is no way we will be able to render a decision that pleases everyone who attends Wellington. There are simply too many differing opinions and too many strong convictions for us to be able to render any decision whereby everyone will agree.

However, our goal is, first and foremost, to please the Lord and secondly to guard and protect the unity of Christ’s body at Wellington.

Some believe the governor’s mandate is law and thus to honor the word of our Lord in Romans 13, we must do all he says. Others would totally disagree. The governor is a member of the executive branch, not the legislative branch that is empowered with making laws, and this is the reason many of his past mandates have been overturned by the judicial branch. As I said earlier, there will be a variety of opinions on how to best honor God’s word and glorify His name, but it is very doubtful we will be able to bring about a unity of opinion among such a diverse group.

But regardless of how diverse we might be, the one thing that binds us together is our love for Christ, so whether the governor’s mandate is legal and regardless of whether his mandate withstands judicial challenges within the courts, the question for us is: how can we be the most Christ-like citizen possible?

Our primary focus is the worship of the Lord during our Sunday services. So we are going to ask everyone who worships with us to wear a mask upon entering the building. If you don’t have one, we will have extras available at the door. Once you are seated with your family (six feet from everyone else) it will be up to each individual whether you continue wearing the mask or you choose to take it off.  However, we ask that you please wear the mask once again as you leave the building, then remove it in the parking lot where you can fellowship with others without causing undue risks.

This may sound like the kind of compromise one man made during the Civil War when he wore blue pants with a gray coat and got shot at by both sides. But this approach is similar to what you would experience in a restaurant where you have to wear a mask to enter, but you can remove it to eat once you are seated at your table.

As spiritual leaders at Wellington, we believe this decision honors government officials in accordance with scripture, displays respect for our friends in Christ, and still enables everyone to worship the Lord in spirit and truth in a way most comfortable for them.

This may not be a perfect solution but we hope the body of Christ, with humility and with grace, will understand and support our desire to honor the Lord through obedience to His word while maintaining unity within His body. Please know we are doing our best during these unprecedented times. 

Sunday services will be in person at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with livestream available at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and Youtube. If you feel sick, or show any symptoms of cough or fever, please do not attend in person, but take advantage of our livestream services. 

We look forward to seeing all of you as soon as you are comfortable with attending worship in person.