We cannot live in Christian community without transparency. Yet, too many of us go to Sunday church or meet with other Christians with a mask on. We come smiling, ready to put forth a positive face and attitude. Unfortunately, entering a world of smiling faces may not be an honest reflection of our walk with Christ.
Sinners entering into such an atmosphere may feel rejected, like we cannot understand their pain and struggles. If we fake joy or happiness to appear what we are not, we build barriers between us and those needing Jesus. Saints may also feel insecure about admitting their failures or struggles to other Christians. This insecurity leads many to put on a mask to appear that Jesus has completely fixed their life. Sometimes, all these masks look like everyone else has their act together and you're the only one failing. As a result, you might fear judgement should the truth be known you don't feel much joy right now or you are struggling with a sin. If we create an environment where everyone is allowed to wear masks, we undermine the power of the Gospel.
The Gospel is for our darkest hours, our trials and temptations, and even our complete and utter failures. Christians must be able to safely express the darker side of life with each other without fear and rejection. In order to grow in our walk with God, we must be free to express the not-so-nice things of life without condemnation, in a safe environment where we are protected by love. Fear of not wearing a mask prevents many from experiencing the freedom that comes in true Christian community. Freedom where we can ask and receive help at any time, for any thing.
Every person has faults. We who are spiritual should be in the process of edification and restoration for everyone around us, especially the household of God. And we must be willing to work from a humble place of remembrance that our own sins have been forgiven. Operating from love and humility, we will avoid the temptations of gossip and pride and fulfill the Love of Christ. When we create a culture of love, humility, and acceptance each other's areas of strength and weakness, the family of God will pray for each other and experience unimagined victory together!
Masks may be comfortable, but the rewards of living mask free are SUPERIOR.
A mask free life can:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
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