This is the expanded version of our mask policy poster. In the past week, there’s been a sharp rise of interest in our policy and plans for masks. Here are our thoughts.
At this time, we do not require masks.
We have no plans to, although we will respect and obey future government decisions.
We do not want our policy to be appropriated into a political stance. To be honest, we are tired of the constant politicizing and polarization of this issue. What someone wears is a personal choice, not an attack on us or our politics. We need to give each other the respect and understanding we want for ourselves.
We'd like to make a special appeal to our fellow Christians. "You are the light of the world... let your light shine before others, so they can see your good deeds and glorify God." The past months have seen a steady increase of fear and uncertainty. And as politicians stoke the flames in hopes of political gain, people are looking for a safe place, a place of hope and calm assurance. We have exactly this in Christ. But are we offering it? "By this people will know you are my followers, if you love each other." Times like the present are an incredible opportunity for the Church to show Jesus. Whatever our fears and opinions, He is greater and far more important than any of them. So many Christians have gotten caught up in defending their freedom and their rights, and have forgotten that we are first and foremost citizens of a greater kingdom. We need to ask ourselves, how do our lives put Christ on display? Do people see supernatural peace in the face of uncertainty, hope when it seems desperate? Do they see us laying down our self and putting others first? Or do they see us clinging to our "freedoms" and insisting on our own way? We are free in Christ, and we need to live that reality, because it cannot be taken away. We are free from operating like we did before we knew Jesus. Free from judging "her" for being irresponsible and selfish for not wearing a mask, free from mentally calling "him" a coward for giving into fear and "their" rules. Free to see each other as people who Christ died to redeem. Free to live with joy amid all the hatred and division.
We ask everyone to please look beyond the mask (or lack of it), and see a neighbor and fellow citizen who is facing the same turbulence and fear we’re all embroiled in. We all respond to conflict and uncertainty differently. We come from different backgrounds and worldviews. The beauty of our country has always been cultural and ideological diversity operating as a commonality.
We want to thank you for your amazing support during this time. We are committed to giving great service, the main factor in our own decision to not wear masks. We want to be a place where you can shop as normal, without hindrance to communication. We will continue to give you the best service we can, regardless of your choice of face-wear.
Existential, overly dramatic thoughts and explanations of how we think and why we do what we do.