As a kid I recall watching many masked men battle it out. There was “Mil Mascaras,” “the Masked Superstar,” “the Masked Assassins” and “the Midnight Rider,” just to name a few.
One of the mysteries behind these masked characters was the question, “Who is really behind the mask?” Perhaps they have something to hide? Maybe it is a “baby face” [a good guy] masquerading as a “heel” [a bad guy], or vice-versa? Or maybe they just couldn’t come up with a better wrestling “persona?” Regardless, who are they and why were they hiding behind a mask?
But what about those of us in real life? We tend to wear “masks” too [even within the Church]; and, for a lot of the same reasons as the pro wrestlers. So, what are we hiding, or hiding from?
We “mask” our pain, our failures, and our struggles. We “put on that happy face” because we can’t let anyone else see how we really are. We think that others won’t understand, or that we will be thought of as weak, or even spiritually troubled if we truly get real and honest. Therefore we state, “I am fine,” or “everything is okay,” when in reality, we are dying inside.
We can also “mask” our true thoughts and feelings, not feeling that we have a voice. We might be really passionate about an issue but not speak up on [it] as we don’t want to “offend” anyone. Therefore, we are paralyzed by our own silence.
As we hide behind our masks, they actually suffocate as we lapse into a false sense of “safety.” However, freedom is available. More on that in a moment.
I want to remove any “masks” that people might perceive that I have pertaining to whatever I write about. Perhaps it is a hot button issue, a theological issue, or something in current events. Therefore, at the outset, I want to state the following:
1. My foundation/guide/measuring stick in life is God’s Word [the Bible]. I believe that the Bible is the powerful, inerrant, literal Word of God and is VERY CLEAR on issues such as creation, life, death, marriage, sins, immorality, truth, sex, love, salvation, eternity, redemption, etc.
I believe in the authority of God’s Word. So, do I just walk around like a blind robot not ever questioning anything? Of course not! You see, God gives us the freedom regarding how we will apply His word in our lives. There is a difference between believing in and accepting the “authority” and then how to work out the “application” of His Word in our life. Perhaps I will touch more on that later.
2. I am a fallible individual [gee, what a shocker!]. I have my thoughts, opinions, and reasons why I believe [or don’t believe] in certain things. I hope that people will respect that. Plus, I can’t make you believe in anything anyway; that is not my job. I am not necessarily out to prove that I am “right” on any issue or topic. Rather, maybe people will start to think about what does God’s Word say about it?
I know that not everyone will agree with what I write and share, whether in this blog or through my ebook, “Wrestling with God’s Will.” And, that’s okay. But, just to be clear: Regardless of how [some] people might [incorrectly] categorize me, I am NOT a nasty, hating, intolerant bigot, who likes to pound on people. Really? Can’t we be bigger than that? I think so. Welcome to the world of free speech. Go and write your own blog or Facebook post about it…maybe I will even read it.
As I end this blog post there are two questions that I want to challenge you with:
1) What “mask” are you wearing [or hiding behind] today? Control? Pride? Legalism? Intellectual superiority [knowledge]? Political correctness? “Success/security?” — Name your “mask.”
2) Are you willing to remove the “mask”? — Why or why not? Sure, it is risky, scary, and perhaps even painful to get real and remove our “masks.” However, there is freedom in letting go and removing the “mask.”
Scripture reminds us of the freedom that is available to all of us. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (ESV) states, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
I challenge and encourage you take off your “mask” and find [true] freedom today through trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. The “mask” you wear is not who you really are; you are so much more than that. Jesus loves you, accepts you, and will help you to see who you truly are: A priceless gift, deeply loved by the Creator of the universe, who was willing to die for you in order for you to have eternal life with Him in heaven and real life here on earth.
I pray that you will remove your “mask” today. You will see much better!
Wrestling with you,