I don't like confusing one reality with another. I do not think we are helping anyone by suggesting that church is fun, that it is entertaining, or that it is relevant. Those are other things, as valuable as they might be, whose purpose and end is different from worship. Confusing one purpose with another will only come back to haunt us. I do not think it helps stewardship to promote the idea that God will restore what you give more than the amount you gave. Tithes and offerings are not given to get something in return. Don't confuse the two by speaking of what God gives and what we give in the same breath. It will only come back to bite you in the kiester.
I also don't like making things into commands and then attaching love to them. As a meme once put it, "First we wore masks because they might help, then we wore them or granny would die, then we wore them or we would die, and now we wear them because we love Jesus." These directives, however good they might be, are not made stronger or helped by the idea that if we really loved Jesus or our neighbors we would wear masks. Hogwash. It only confuses people and confounds them and in the end it will make them angry. If you really loved Jesus you would stay at home, wash your hands, sanitize, distance, and wear a mask. Jesus never mentioned wearing masks or any of these other things we have come to deem as good practice in the age of COVID. Don't put words in Jesus' mouth and, for Pete's sake, don't ever wear a mask with the letters WWJD on it (what would Jesus do, for you slow ones).
One more thing. Don't send me daily emails on how you are dealing with the COVID crisis at Wal-Mart or Walgreens or the dentist's office or the doctor's office or the gas station down the block. Do what you think should be done and leave it at that. I am not impressed by your extra attention to things you should already be doing and I will not shop there because I want to reward your conscientious campaign of information telling me I can shop there and be sake. Especially when there are governments still telling me that I can protest and riot safely but not go to Church without putting myself and my fellow man at grave risk. Hogwash.
If you are going to make mask wearing into a fashion statement, for goodness' sake you better be prepared to keep on wearing it long after COVID's danger passes. If it is not tied to best medical practice, then why are we doing it? If we are doing it because it is good medical practice, why make it into something it is not. We cannot allow or encourage masks to be taken in any other way except extreme practice for short term. Once we normalize them, we will begin bringing in a whole host of things who are against the very idea of being together in the Lord's House.
So you caught me on a bad day. Sorry about that. But I am tired of the goofy stuff we do to get us do what ought not to be goofy at all.