Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made an appeal to Christian voters on Thursday, encouraging them to wear masks to “love our neighbors as ourselves.”
Biden wrote an op-ed in the Christian Post that connects the coronavirus pandemic to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, in which Jesus says one of the most important commandments is to “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“To beat COVID-19, we must all work together to pull our country out of this crisis,” the former vice president wrote. “We must all wear masks. It’s not a political statement – it’s a manifestation of God’s commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, so we can save lives.”
Biden countered the Trump administration’s claim that the U.S. has turned a corner in the pandemic, citing that “infections are on the rise again.”
In the op-ed, he vowed to work with governors as president to ensure states have the resources they need and to institute mask mandates nationwide.
“If we all work together, we can save lives and get our economy back on track more quickly for everyone – not just those at the top,” he wrote.
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