As believers in Christ, we have also been given a very special kind of two way mask. It is the divinely created, spiritual and invisible, very effective filter of the Word of God. It also protects in both directions, if we use it. It helps us regulate our speech, so that every word that leaves our mouth is filled with grace and truth, which is very important in these times of special tension. But it also protects us from the incoming danger of the human opinions that float around us by the hundreds. These verbal viruses come in many forms and compositions, and can be very hard to detect on our own. Who is to know which come out of ignorance, which are biased, which are downright deceitful, and which are generally good?
If we learn to apply the Scripture filter properly, asking God for wisdom and discretion, He will give it to us. We can also trust Him to protect us in situations in which we find ourselves completely befuddled.
How important to not minimize the value of attending to God’s Word, either because we think it has no relevance for today’s issues or ignoring it in spiritual laziness. Perhaps more than ever, these are days in which refusing to wear the Lord’s mask will render us vulnerable, exposing us to spiritual diseases that will surely weaken both our faith and our testimony.