Is it the mystery mask or the mask mystery? A masquerade can be fun. Who’s behind the mask? What mask is my friend wearing? What mask will I wear? This season of Fall ‘mask wearing’ is a good opportunity to ask, “Whose mask are you?”
You thought I meant plastic Halloween masks? Hardly. BUT, two Scripture verses make this season a good object lesson. First, we’re told, ‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual darkness in high places,’ (Ephesians 6:12). And what does that have to do with a mask?
People in church don’t always get along with other people in the church. Why? Masks! What’s the purpose of a mask? To disguise the wearer. We see the mask but don’t see the problem. Consider this: A Christian brother or sister appears to be at the root of a problem and it’s easy to ‘take it out’ on them because we see them. Grudges, animosity, and other things are part of this. These things weaken the ministry of the Church. Who would want to do that? Remember, Paul said our battle was not against flesh and blood. The problem might look like my brother or my sister, but is it really?
Could the enemy really hide behind someone I know? Think about this: Jesus looked right at the face of Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me,” (Matthew 16:23). Jesus looked behind the ‘mask’ of Peter’s face and saw the real enemy. The Gospels record He continued to love and teach Peter. When Peter really blew it and denied knowing Him, Jesus forgave him and restored him. None of this stuff we do!
Could the person I thought was the problem really not be the problem? Could the problem be I ‘took it out’ on the mask, forgetting my battle isn’t against flesh and blood? Maybe my brother needs prayer because he was used by our mutual enemy. Here’s a hard one: When has the enemy’s mask looked like my face?
When you see the masks the next few days, think about it! — Soli Deo Gloria!