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Jesus touched lepers, so should we

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

“A leper came and knelt before Jesus, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3

We’re still being told to avoid one another, wear a mask, stay home, get the shot, be suspicious of every little symptom, and of other people, test, and being denied the right to see loved ones who are in hospital, all under the guise of “protecting” one another. This has never made any sense to me, and I, along with many others, completely disagree with this way of living, and no one but God can change my mind. The way we are being asked to live, and work, and told what to wear, and what to do with our own bodies, is completely contrary to what I read in the Bible and the way Jesus and His disciples lived.

Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man with a horribly contagious disease.

Just because the government and society declares and accepts that something is good or bad, and makes it a mandate or a law, doesn’t mean that it’s right. Look at the issue of abortion, same sex marriage, the notion that gender is fluid and not a fact, that men can get pregnant, children are mature and capable enough to decide what gender they identify with, men compete in women’s sports, CRT, and the list goes on and on and on.

We are truly living in a time when good is called evil and evil is called good. Our government is making all kinds of bad decisions and yet people still want to abide by these unjust, unholy and undignified policies and mandates. It’s mind boggling. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. If someone is for killing babies in the womb, and/or for legalized abortion, or tries to justify the abortion they had in the past, then they will get everything else wrong because they are living in unrighteousness. It’s not possible to trust anyone who is bound up in the sick way of thinking that it is okay to kill God’s precious image bearer in the womb, under any circumstances.

You may be asking what all this has to do with the covid restrictions. It has everything to do with it. Because the same people who are saying that we have to live so ridiculously are for killing babies and a whole slue of other things that are ungodly. You can’t trust them. They are wrong on all fronts.

I started this with Jesus touching lepers because He is our model for living. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He was always about His Father’s business, advancing the Kingdom of God. Jesus loved the Father and He loved and served the people God gave Him.

No where in the Bible does it say that Jesus avoided people or isolated from them out of fear of getting sick or spreading disease. Rather, it says that Jesus touched lepers and washed the disciples dirty feet. He was visiting and touching the sick rather than avoiding them. Because of His example, I believe He would also want us to visit and serve the sick, rather than avoid them. I don’t believe He would want us living in fear of making others sick either.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

We need to put our faith in God, not in government. We need to trust in Christ’s saving work on the cross and His resurrection power to heal and redeem, not in man’s unrighteous mandates.

Some think it’s more loving to others to wear a mask. But it’s actually perpetuating a lie that keeps them in fear and bondage. If you still think that loose fitting piece of cloth over your face is saving or helping anyone, you’re sadly deceived.

To love like Jesus doesn’t mean we have to wear a mask or get a vaccine.

To love like Jesus means to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, with all of our soul, and with all of our strength.

How are you doing with that?

To love God means to obey His word, all of it, not just the parts we agree with.

How’s that going?

To love and follow Jesus means to touch lepers, and to wash one another’s feet.

That sounds a little uncomfortable doesn't it? It’s easier just to put on a mask and avoid one another, isn’t it?

To love one another means to risk your own wellbeing to serve and care for one another better than we care for ourselves (especially when they’re sick). It means we put other peoples needs (not necessarily their wants or their irrational fears) before our own. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear a mask or get a vaccine, because none of us “need” to do that. Yes, the government and media likes to say we do, but they are not God, they certainly don’t have our best interest at heart, and they clearly have shown that they don’t know what the heck they’re doing.

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it."Mark 8:35

If you disagree, so be it, we can agree to disagree. We need to allow one another the freedom to govern ourselves, to choose what we believe is best for ourselves and our family according to God’s word and the conscience He gave us to be able to discern right and wrong. God gives His people wisdom, knowledge and spiritual understanding, and He calls us to trust in Him with our whole heart, and not lean on our own understanding but in all of our ways, acknowledge Him and let Him direct our paths. Proverbs 3:3-6

“The LORD is on my side; He is my helper. Therefore I will look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge and put confidence in the LORD than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:8

“Blessed is the one who has made the LORD his trust, who has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” Psalm 40:4

You can choose to wear a mask if you want to. You can choose to get the vaccine if you want to, you can choose to avoid people if you want to, but those choices don’t make you more righteous or more loving than other people who choose not to.

Loving God and loving one another is what we are called to do and it should be what defines us the most, but living in fear of sickness, and following irrational and illogical rules and regulations that make us appear virtuous, is not loving anyone, it’s nonsense.

I’ve heard all the arguments. I’ve done my own research. I’ve consulted with my own personal physician and learned from many others. I’ve lived the experience of being around many people with covid, at work, and at home. I know what I’m dealing with and I’m trusting in God’s sovereignty and the immune system He gave me more than man’s unwise, unjust, unholy and undignified methods.

I understand that Covid is a respiratory virus that affects everyone very differently. Some have very mild symptoms, some experience very severe symptoms, some have died, and though it is always sad when someone dies under any circumstances, we need to remember that there are countless numbers of others who have recovered from covid, and there are many proven treatments for it that aren’t being used because big Pharma wants money, and big government wants to manipulate you to advance their agenda.

It breaks my heart and brings me to tears often seeing people so deceived, and living in fear, guilt, and manipulation.

If you marginalize, categorize, segregate, discriminate, judge, condemn, and shame those who choose not to wear a mask, because they’re not sick, and those who choose not to inject an experimental, unproven drug into their body, because that is their right, then shame on you. Those choices are not sinful and they do not harm anyone, but you do harm people with your condemnation, discrimination, segregation, and senseless virtue signaling.

Romans 14 is written below. I confess that I haven’t always lived according to this passage, but God is really driving it home for me lately. We are to live in honor of the Lord above all else. All that we say and do should be to glorify God, not man. Our lives are not our own, they belong to God, not the government. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We live and breathe by God’s grace and for His honor and glory, not our own. At least that’s how God intended for us to live.

We can choose to exchange the truth of God for the lie of the devil and of the ungodly government and media. We can choose to disobey God’s commands and there are consequences for those choices. Ultimately we will all answer to God for decisions we made that honored Him and those that didn’t.

When you read Romans 14 it says, if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. And Ecclesiastes 3 says: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die..." I think the same applies to us getting sick. We don’t have power over life and death, or sickness. It’s all in God’s control. Yes, there are things we can do to help prevent and treat sickness and disease because God has graciously bestowed His wisdom and knowledge to us to do so. We should keep washing hands, and stay home when we’re sick, like we always did before, but for God’s sake we need to take care of those who are sick, rather than isolate and treat them like lepers. I’m convinced that those actions killed more people than the virus itself, and we will answer to God for it. And, the rest of the healthy population should be allowed to go about their lives without ridiculous, irrational, ever changing restrictions.

Let’s do as Norway did. Let’s resume life. Let’s remove all the ridiculous restrictions and mandates of covid and treat it like every other respiratory illness and get back to living and letting others live freely.

I’ll leave you with more of God’s word because it is so much better and more Important than ours.

Romans 14:1-12

"Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike.

You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please

For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord.

So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer?

Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

For the Scriptures say,

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD,

‘every knee will bend to me,

and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’”

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall."

Mara Petro

A Jesus freak.

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