Saturday Sermon: Freedom

“You know, we’re living in a society!”

George Costanza

I never thought that I would ever start a post on this blog with a Seinfeld quote, but here we are. I was originally going to talk about a different topic this week, but this one is fighting for attention in my brain and I figure I better write it down before my head explodes.

I’ve been following politicians and their political speak for a while now. The pandemic is starting to heat up again as the school begins or is about to begin, and there have been discussions about mandating masks for students. The governors of both Florida and Texas barred schools from mandating masks because…reasons, I guess. However, closer to home for me, we have a Senate candidate in Ohio who is anti-mask and is trying to fight for people’s freedom to not wear a mask in schools. That’s a funny choice of words there.


I feel like people think that they should be free to make whatever decisions they want to and to hell with everybody else. If that was the case, we would have chaos and nobody would be truly be free because by this idea, each person would infringe on everybody else’s rights. The thing is, we have certain rights and freedoms, but we are also part of numerous societies. Each group we belong to is a society, whether it’s a country, a state, a county, a city, a school, a workplace, a German brass band, a lodge, or a soccer team, and each of those groups has rules that we have to abide by in order to maintain that society. If everyone did whatever they felt like, then society would inevitably become unsustainable.

An excellent example of what happens when everyone is free to do what they feel like is the Futurama episode, “Freedom Day”. As New New York is preparing for the festivities, a stage collapses and the worker who was supposed to make sure it was structurally sound said, “I didn’t feel like it.” That’s an excellent analogy to what’s going on now with this pandemic.

People don’t want to wear masks, apparently because it’s some form of control technique or something. They want to preserve their freedom by not wearing them. Anyway, there are other people, including kids, who may not be able to get vaccinated who still have to go to school, work, and go about their daily business. The idea of a society is that we all work together for the greater good. If the people who complained about wearing masks since it became a topic of discussion would have done so from the start, I probably wouldn’t be writing this sermon. I probably wouldn’t be doing this Bible study project, either, since I would have lots of other stuff to do instead. Wearing a mask is not a means of control, it’s a piece of cloth that can really reduce the spread of the virus. It’s also a small thing anyone can do that makes you look like a decent person. You won’t be giving up your freedom. And for the record, I hate wearing a mask because it fogs up my glasses, but I still do it because I don’t want to get anyone sick.

Saturday Sermon: Am I Pro-Life?

What does it mean to be pro-life? Is it simply enough to be anti-abortion? One would think that there is a lot more life out there to be in favor of preserving.

Dear reader, I would like you to pause here, minimize your browser window, and take a few minutes to think about what the term, “Pro-life” means to you, not what it means to other people or what it doesn’t mean.


Pro-life to me is…

  • Ensuring that everybody has access to comprehensive healthcare which includes check-ups, health screenings, preventative care, testing, and treatment. This ensures that nobody has to ignore that lump or pain until it gets unbearable and only then do they find out that they have a serious illness.
    • This includes especially women, who have many different needs from men, including family planning, pre- and post-natal care, and access to safe abortions because no woman should be forced to give birth against her will.
    • This also includes children, who also have very different needs from adults including being vaccinated for childhood diseases, pediatric care, and dental care (see the next note)
    • This also includes access to mental healthcare for anyone who needs and an end to the stigma that goes with it.
    • I also believe that dental care should not be separate from medical care. We are all born with teeth and they should be taken care of.
  • Ensuring a good education for all of our kids so that they can have the tools necessary to be good stewards of this planet and to all of us when we get old. This especially includes offering comprehensive science education including discussing the problem of climate change.
  • Ensuring equal rights to all people regardless of age, sex, race, religion, color, sexual identity, disability, or mental illness.
  • Completely abolishing the death penalty. Human beings are imperfect and make mistakes, including by convicting and executing innocent people. Nobody should have burden put on them that they were responsible for execution of an innocent person.
  • Making wars the absolute last resort and instead, finding diplomatic solutions.
  • In light of the pandemic that we are living through, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask to help protect other people who may not be able to get vaccinated. Also, for those people in positions of authority, following the recommendations of the CDC and science-based health experts, and allowing communities with high rates of infection to institute mask and vaccine mandates without the fear of reprisal from the state.

So, am I pro-life?