1. A covering made of fiber or gauze and fitting over the nose and mouth to protect against dust or air pollutants or made of sterile gauze and worn to prevent infection of the wearer or (in surgery) of the patient.

  2. A covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse or terrify other people.

Mask wearing has become the norm in our world today. I fought, for a while, the idea of wearing a mask simply because I found it uncomfortable, hot and the list could go on. Today you cannot enter a grocery store to buy a gallon of milk unless you have a mask on. Many people are wearing customized masks that look really cool. Some are wearing a mask describing their deep inner feelings (that is scary sometimes).

I believe Christians put on a mask, hiding who they really are. That is the mask I am speaking about today. When will we drop our "disguise" and start standing for who we really are as Christians? Taking an aggressive stand for Christ so all can see, not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?!

It is time we drop our mask.

Social distancing does not mean relational distancing. We can still show Christ's love by our actions toward one another. We can check-in with our neighbors, offer assistance to those in the community who might be sick (drop a meal at the door). Ask someone if you can pray for them or with them during this pandemic. Simply find a way to show Christ's love through your actions not just words.

“Drop the Mask” - Galatians 6:2 tells us "Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." Today we have an opportune time to step up and show the world who we really are as followers of Jesus Christ.

“Drop the Mask” - Church historian Eusebius tells of a fourth century epidemic that swept through the Roman Empire. The Christians are recorded as not fleeing the cities like others but staying and tending to the dying, taking care of burials of countless numbers with no one to care for them.

“Drop the Mask” - With the death toll in New York running over 10,000, Franklin Graham built a MASH-type hospital to help the overrun hospitals in the city, providing care for COVID-19 patients and shared the Gospel message with all who would listen. Though he was ridiculed for his actions and while many wanted him to leave, Franklin Graham "dropped his mask" for Jesus Christ who gave His life for his sins and the sins of the world. Franklin said it is important to turn to God in times of crisis, and that the virus can be defeated with a united spiritual and political front.

“Drop the Mask” - I am so proud of His church we call Line Creek. Many of our church members do not hesitate to “Drop the Mask” when the phone rings in the church office, an email is sent, a need is requested.

“Drop the Mask” - How can we help, what can we do and assess the need at hand?

“Drop the Mask” - Take meals to a grieving family having lost a loved one, attend a funeral, mow the grass, trim hedges, move furniture and bow our head and pray for a request that has been given for someone who is sick or hurting.

Please do not misunderstand the meaning here, we are living in a pandemic and we must:
    * Wear Mask
    * Social distance
    * Wash hands 20 seconds
Remember definition number 2 at the very beginning, we should not be wearing a mask to "disguise ourselves" as Christians. We should be seeking opportunities to share God’s love and His message for all mankind through our actions and genuine concern for all peoples. I encourage you to take off your "disguise" and speak with boldness the Gospel message.
    * We are all sinners - Rom. 3:23
    * Penalty for sin - Rom. 6:23
    * Penalty has been paid - Rom. 5:8
    * We must repent - Isaiah 55:7
    * We must receive Christ - John 1:12
    * You can be saved today - Rom. 10:13
“Drop the Mask” Christian there is no disguising this!

**Who is it behind that mask?**
(Information copied from report given by Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center)

Singing His praises,
Pastor Donald