Because God is gracious to me, and humbles me, and is patient with me. He helps me to learn how to better “speak the truth in love” Because I can be critical! I want to confess my sin, and ask for your forgiveness for looking down on those who have chosen to respond to the pandemic through the use of masks and vaccines who are believers. What I mean exactly by “looking down on” is in my mind saying “why don’t they know!” Yes, God has called me to voice what is true. However, while in voicing what is true, I also can be critical of those who do not agree. INSTEAD OF EXTENDING MERCY AND GRACE! This is my point here. God has given me a new and deeper compassion, grace, and patience with those who are Christians but have chosen whether for conscience sake, or health, Government, interpretation of scripture, pressure, loved ones, to respond to the situation with masks and vaccines. The Lord has made it very clear to me that they are simply “acting in accordance to their faith and the knowledge they have”. I MUST EXPRESS that this does not apply to Church elders or Pastors who are “over the flock of God” Why? Simply because they are the example to the rest of the flock and are responsible over making decisions which influence the rest of the flock regarding whether the option is available for those who desire to gather, support, and worship together. The Shepherds bear the burden here. But for every believer who is simply seeking to grow with God and learn, and love, and go about their day. I am sorry for looking down on you if even slightly! For you are just simply responding according to your faith. God upholds you, God knows your heart, He sees you and knows where you stand with Him and why you do what you do. So, if your conscience is clear before God, then you are free to wear a mask or get a vaccine. I do not judge you!!!
For the scripture says, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Rom 14:1-4).
Thank you for receiving my confession. Love, in Christ.