Christians, Do Better.
I reached a breaking point the other day in realizing that nothing will ever be the same.
And I’m angry.
I’m angry that people are choosing convenience over compassion.
I’m angry that saving someone’s life has become a polarizing political issue.
I’m angry that no matter what science says, there are people who will still contest it even though they have no credentials to do so.
I’m angry that the majority of these people call themselves Christians.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that the majority of people who call themselves Christians are the very ones doing the most harm.
Additionally, I’ve learned that these people have very different views of how God works. Granted, I’m not an expert. My relationship with God wavers. I feel like I go through periods where I don’t hear His voice, where I feel stuck, and I don’t understand what He’s trying to tell me. But what I do know is that God is speaking very loudly right now.
In reading the Bible we see a myriad of natural disasters and miracles take place, and many people who claim to be Christians don’t seem to question it. We are often told not to live in fear, that God tests us and we should trust what we are told. But in the face of this pandemic, why is there so much doubt surrounding what’s happening? Why is the decision to not wear a mask aligned with your beliefs in Jesus? How do the two coincide?
While it’s important to have faith and not live in fear, it’s also important to act accordingly and trust what we are being told. I know everyone tends to cherry pick from the Bible. We pick and choose what works for us, and what confirms our way of life and thinking. But if we take a step back for just a second, and if we truly, TRULY claim to be believers of the Word, it’s not hard to decipher what God is calling us to do.
Even if you don’t believe wearing a mask works, isn’t it worth putting one on for the elderly lady down the street in order to help put her mind at ease?
Even if you don’t trust the government or think that this entire pandemic is being blown out of proportion by the media, isn’t it worth taking the proper precautions to be safe for the people you love?
Making wise decisions does not mean you are giving into fear.
When God said not to be afraid, He didn’t say be reckless.
You can still be prudent while having unfaltering faith.
Stop viewing logic and reason as a weapon against your faith.
Stop using God as an excuse for not wearing a mask.
The Bible and the word of God can be openly interpreted in many ways, but one thing is very clear: we are called to love each other.
If you’re willing to use a gun to protect your family but not willing to put a piece of cloth over your mouth to protect your neighbor, I have to ask… what kind of Christian are you?
Christians, you need to do better.
Malynda Hale is a singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, activist and mom based in Los Angeles. She has utilized her voice and social media presence to effect change with social justice, female empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, veganism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. She currently hosts her own podcast called #WeNeedToTalk, a table talk discussion series that focuses on important topics in politics, entertainment and cultural trends. She also serves as a worship leader at Harmony Toluca Lake in Los Angeles and is an avid promoter of a lifestyle centered on a plant-based diet.
Malynda was born and raised in sunny Santa Barbara, California where she began singing at just five years old. At the age of seven she learned to play the piano, and by nine years old she was writing her own music. Malynda's love for music and desire to make a difference in the world have led her to be recognized many times for her work. She won “Best Female Vocalist” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Best Pop Music Video at the Indie Music Channel Awards, and she has been a headliner for the NAMM show on the main stage and for the Sennheiser stage. She has opened for artists such as Tyrone Wells, Ernie Halter, Levi Kreis, OTOWN and Smokey Robinson. She has been married for nine years and is a new mom to a baby girl.