Sunday’s reflection for August 16th has the theme of Freedom. The scripture that forms the foundation is from 1 Corinthians and reads as follows.
“I have the right to do anything,” but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.1 Corinthians 10: 23-24
The thrust of Paul’s message is that although we can claim to be free in our faith and not be restricted in our lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that we should feel free to do whatever we might want. We live in community with each other and should live so as not to do anything that might bring harm to others.
There’s so much rhetoric in the States right now from those who feel that wearing a mask infringes on individual freedoms. It was an interview with a young man claiming it as his right to not wear a mask that got me looking into Paul’s words.
I trust a focus on this passage will give us opportunity to reflect on how our actions can impact others.