Friends are people that we like spending time with. When we wear masks in front of them, it's mostly to keep them by our side. And we choose our friends. But we don't choose our peers. They simply live alongside us. Often, we want to impress them, ignore them, defy them, or rise above them. And it's easy to wear masks in front of them because they don't know us well enough to determine whether we're telling the truth or not. Besides that, sometimes we don't think they're entitled to know our true selves. But that doesn't mean that we should feed them lies and deceit.
In last week’s blog post, we talked about the need to stop wearing masks before our own conscience. But of course, we also need to stop wearing masks before other people. After all, we're not helping them or ourselves when we lie to keep their approval or friendship. In the end, it's not us that they're approving--it's the fake version of us. Besides, lying to get man's approval isn't a very Christian-like way to live. As the apostle Paul said, “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10, KJV). But what are the masks that we wear?
Sometimes, I see glimpses of a different reality, of a different person, from someone whom I thought I knew, and then I wonder which version is real.