Pastor Greg Locke, in a Facebook rant, several months ago, referred to a Dunkin’ Donuts manager who asked him to wear a mask as “Nazi Skippy” … in the same encounter, Pastor Locke, who has been accused of many things that would disqualify a man from ministry according to 1 Timothy 3, threatened the manager that he would: “kick your teeth down your throat.” And yet, this fellow has over 1,000,000 followers on Facebook! I am told he apologized to his congregation, but refuses to take down the video of his blatantly un-Yeshua-like antics.
Sadly, two women have now been arrested for not just being verbally abusive, but stabbing a security guard 27 times, because he wanted them to wear a mask in a retail store.
Now, I don’t want to be accused of cherry picking and to be clear, most people, even those who oppose wearing masks, are not threatening bodily harm to retailers. Just remember, our witness to the lost is the most important thing. Can they see Jesus in your attitude, even if your face is partially covered?
Recently a well-known co-pastor of a megachurch posted a video where she openly mocked people wearing masks while shopping. She went on to say that too much is being made of a “Freak’n mask that doesn’t even work.” And then says, “If you’ll do scientific research, [you will find that] these masks are worthless.”
As I understand it, scientific research here, means going to google, because I am pretty sure she is not a scientist. And if you are not a scientist, please don’t tell me to “do the research.” She did apologize for the haughty, mean-spirited video a few days later and deleted it.
In Israel, a country not known for seeking to control its citizens, advertisements are everywhere saying that, two people wearing masks reduce the spread of COVID-19 by 95%. Honestly, I don’t know if that is true. I am not a scientist, but it does make sense. At the end of the day my goal is to bring Israelis and others to Yeshua—not argue about masks. If I am more passionate about my opinion on the effectiveness of wearing a mask than I am about reaching people with the message of salvation, my priorities are not in line with God’s.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. Threatening to kick someone’s teeth in and calling them “Nazi Skippy,” would fall under the works of the flesh.
There are many people who are confusing politics with the Kingdom of God (which is not of this world) and it causes them to behave badly toward their fellow man. They think their enemy is the democrats, when in fact, democrats (and many republicans) are our harvest field. Our common enemy is Satan and we have no king but Yeshua.
PS Let’s not call people Nazis who are not Nazis. Nazis killed 6,000,000 Jews. When we call managers of donut shops “Nazi,” we cheapen the word.