There’s a fair deal of controversy in many parts of the world over whether or not people should be wearing some kind of face mask to help control the spread of COVID 19. It has become a particular issue in many churches. I confess that I don’t understand all the hype. After all, Christians have been wearing masks to church for years and years.
That’s right. I’m calling you out. Long before the coronavirus came along you were already wearing a mask at church. You put on your best face to try and disguise the real you. You wore a mask to show others what a good Christian you were. You used a mask to hide your hurt and disappointments. You covered up your weaknesses and you presented an image to people of who you wanted to be.
We all do it. We all put on our best face for others but especially in church.
But the masks are starting to come off. That happens when people are under stress, cracks appear and the real you begins to show through. It is often ugly but at least it is honest. Under the current stress our tempers are short. We demand our own way. Selfishness rules the day. We are frustrated about the things we cannot control and we can no longer hold onto the mask that we have used for so long.
Jesus said, “You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known.” (Luke 12:2 The Message)
It’s okay to be stressed out in this environment. It’s okay to acknowledge that we are fearful and feel like life is out of control. It’s okay to be honest about what is really happening in our homes under the stress we are in. This is a time that calls for real transparency and real honesty about who we are and what we are experiencing.
It’s only when you take the mask off that you can receive God’s help, strength and forgiveness. It is only with his assistance that you can be transformed and changed into the person He created you to be. When you take the mask off you invite him (and others) into your life. Wearing a medical mask might save a life but wearing a religious mask could cost you your life.