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Letter: Pastors: wear a mask

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

We are in the middle of a global pandemic which has claimed more than 127,000 lives in this nation alone, and which has shown no signs of slowing down. In scripture, Jesus says that the greatest commandment was to love God with all our heart, minds, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus also commands us to take up our own crosses daily if we want to be his disciples, and to lay our lives down for our friends. We, clergy of Mathews County churches, urge all Christians in our county to obey these commands of Christ in one simple way: get a mask, and wear it.

Wearing a mask in public may be burdensome to many, but our faith demands that we set our own preferences and comfort aside for the well-being of our neighbors. This is not only a proven way to slow the spread of this virus, it is a strong witness to ...

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