I was reminded by a friend on social media that while there are plenty of comments from pro-maskers and anti-maskers, from pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers, but not a whole lot in the way of mercye from either side. Mostly, it seems like one side wants to make out the other side to be the bad guys and to pin 100% of the blame on them. As in “yeah, lets take a complex issue like a pandemic and oversimplify it down to blaming it on people we already didn’t like in the first place.”

You may be in the right and your facts may be spot on, but you calling out the other side doesn’t change anything. It won’t bring back one single person taken by COVID-19. It won’t remove one single person from the ICU. And your lack of mercy speaks more about you than the person or persons you’re putting down. Plus, it doesn’t fit someone who also talks about how much they love Jesus.

I still say the best response in this ongoing mess is to pray. Pray for an end to this pandemic. Pray for strength for all the medical workers. Pray for those who have opposing views from yours that God would lead both them and you to the truth.

I would also recommend that every single person reading this (including me) will take a good hard look in the mirror. Look for how you can improve and be a better person. Ask God to show you areas that need redeeming and where you need to repent. The idea is that if you and I really take the time to work on ourselves, we won’t have time left over to try to tell everybody else how to live their lives.

Mercy triumphs over judgment. Mercy is the quality that is more powerful that condemnation. Mercy above all is what we need to see more of, especially in those who call themselves Christians. Be merciful as your Father in heaven is merciful.

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