Pastor Max Lucado: I Don’t Like COVID-19 Masks, But I Love Their Message

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Kendra Semmen

Pastor and author Max Lucado says he initially decided he wasn’t going to wear a mask because he doesn’t like looking like a bank robber or not seeing smiles. But when he drove up to a convenience store recently, he saw a sign that said “no mask, no entrance.” He then saw many different people walking in with masks on—and the realized something that changed his mind.

“I don’t like hearing muffled hellos if you hear anything at all, so I just decided I wasn’t going to wear [a mask],” Lucado says. “But then I saw this big construction worker get out of the truck wearing one; I saw a mom and her two little kids in tow, the mom wearing a mask and so were the kids; and I saw a health worker still wearing a hospital uniform, and she was wearing a mask. And I realized this isn’t about me. It’s about us getting through this together. So I put on the mask. …

“It’s more than just a national story—it’s a global story. It’s conjuring up some beautiful pictures of unselfishness. I heard the other day about someone who makes lunches and leaves them on a table in their neighborhood for anyone who needs one. … I still don’t like the mask, but I love the message of the mask, and that is: We’re all in this together. This was the message of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper. He celebrated it not one on one with individual apostles, but all together in the upper room.”

To listen to Lucado’s entire discussion, click here for the video.

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