Manager’s Memo 6-27-20
Our lives are a result of the choices we make every day. Our culture, the society we live in, is the result of the choices we make together. Our government, from school boards to Washington, DC, is the result of those collective choices.
There are many influences on the daily choices we make. As a follower of the Carpenter, I am influenced by commands like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Honor your mother and father. Love your neighbor as yourself.” As a citizen of the United States, I am influenced by commands like “Thou shalt not drive faster than 20 miles per hour in a school zone. Thou shalt pay taxes. Thou shalt stop at red lights and stop signs. Thou shalt wait your turn in line at Chick-Fil-A.”
Now, as an individual, I can exercise my god-given right to free will, and my constitutional rights as a citizen, to ignore all of those commands and societal influences. But when I do, there are consequences. Just like there are when I overeat and don’t get enough exercise. If we all do that as a society, chaos is the result.
One of the choices I am making is to wear a mask when I go out in public. I’ve been doing it for months. Before you get excited and call the station or send me an email telling me to do more research, know I believe we can’t Google our way to a medical degree, and based my choice on evidence and influence. Click the link to an article from Sonja Bartolome, associate professor and medical doctor who is triple board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonology or lung diseases, and critical care medicine at UTSouthwestern in Dallas. I’m certain she knows more about the subject than I do.
But again, evidence and data are all beside the point. Wearing a mask is another heart issue for me. When you see me out and about with my jazzy, homemade masks, know I am wearing it not to protect me from you, but to protect you from me. And I’m doing it for the same reason I slow down in school zones and stop at red lights, have no other gods before Him, including myself or my country, and loving my neighbor as myself. But if you want to chat, you know how to get in touch with me.
For 88.3 The Journey, I’m General Manager Mike Agee.