Like you, I have some strong opinions about many issues. And like some of you, I’ve grown weary of seeing the dissension and reading the ugliness on social media.
If you want to get traction on a Twitter or Facebook post, here’s how to do it: Post something guaranteed to push a lot of buttons. Regardless of the side you pick to support or the opinion you choose to promote, there are a billion people who will agree or disagree with you.
So, here’s one of my pet peeves (and prepare yourself for an increase in your blood pressure)—masks are unnecessary (at least where I live), and I don’t like being forced to wear one.
Did you feel the tremor?
Some of you just yelled, “Preach it, preacher!” and some of you just screamed, “You’re an idiot, Bubna!”
We immediately go to our arsenal of “facts” and articles that defend our position. And let’s be honest, most of us will surf the web until we find something that backs us up.
(Go ahead; I’ll wait, so you can find some information to support or refute my belief about masks.)
For the record, I know masks work (at least some of them do when used correctly). I’ve read the science and seen the stats about how a mask reduces your chances of getting Covid-19.
However, I also know the facts about the county I live in. (I can’t speak to your situation, but I’ve done the math for Spokane County.)
- Out of 520,000 people in our county, only about 1,100 have tested positive (so far) for Covid-19. That’s only .2% of our county (not even 1%).
- Yes, the number of reported cases has doubled since we went into phase 2. But the number of people infected is still far less than 1% in Spokane County.
- Sadly, we have had 37 deaths. But more than 70% of those deaths were over the age of 70, and more than half occurred in long-term care facilities.
- Furthermore, 98% of the people who get Covid-19 survive. (Keep in mind, that’s nearly a 100% survival rate of the .2% who get it.)
Okay, masks probably do work if someone is exposed to the virus (to one of the .2% who is infected and contagious). But my point is I think it’s ill-advised to wear something (and especially to have a child wear one in school) when there’s very little chance I’m going to get sick, and if I do, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to survive.
To be clear, all life matters. Sickness sucks. And masks—despite some of the reactive rhetoric on Facebook—won’t kill us. But I still think they’re unnecessary. (Don’t get me started on how ineffective they are when misused).
Are you still reading? Good. Hang in there; you won’t want to miss the punchline.
Let me tell you a short story . . .
I heard about our governor’s mask mandate about 8 pm one night, and it sent me into a tizzy (for all the reasons already stated).
I was mad.
I was determined to resist and rebel.
I’m hard of hearing, and I often read lips (it’s true).
I’m a bit claustrophobic, and I feel like I can’t breathe in a mask.
I have some breathing issues (I’ve been diagnosed with EIA, exercised induced asthma).
As you can imagine, I went into a rant and was mouthing off (again) about government overreach and the foolishness of requiring masks in our county.
When I finally went to bed, I was still frustrated, and I tossed and turned for about an hour.
Then something happened . . .
As understandable as I’ve ever heard God speak to my heart, the Holy Spirit whispered, “Jesus suffered and died unjustly for you because of love. Just or not, needed or not, you can wear a mask in love.”
I might have cursed a little bit. (Don’t worry, God is used to me, and we’re pretty close, so He understands.)
But the message was clear: Sacrifice and suffer for love’s sake even if it costs you.
So I will wear a mask in public, and I’ll stop complaining. I am done—done being grumpy.
By the way, I also won’t be shaming anyone who chooses not to wear a mask. Thankfully, I’m not your lord, and you don’t answer to me.
I do want to suggest you ask yourself one question: What does love require from you?