To the Editor:

As I was reading the scripture for Sunday’s lesson in Adult Bible Studies it seemed highly appropriate for our world today. It was Philippians 2:1-11.

Verses 3 and 4 were particularly applicable. It reads, “Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.”

I was listening to the radio the other day and they were interviewing nurses concerning the current pandemic. One nurse who works in a doctor’s office was saying that they had a sign on the door announcing you could not enter without wearing a mask. As is the case in a lot of doctor’s offices, a nurse was stationed at the door to take temperatures and make sure everyone had a mask.

One man who had an appointment entered with no mask. The nurse told him he needed to put on a mask before entering. The man became angry and said that she could not deny him his individual rights and then stormed out.

But looking back at the scripture, the man’s actions sound pretty selfish. We should be looking out for the other person.

There are times when we have to give up something for the common good. That is how society is built, working together for the common good.

The second great commandment says, “A commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).

Let’s all put our selfish interests aside and work together to beat this pandemic.

Bob Hughes

Sanford