The difference between masks and uniforms

April 27, 2008

I know it’s been awhile. Much longer and I think I may have fallen away from the blogging world yet again. School’s been busy; our schedule is changing now that Kel has graduated from Intro; I now teach end-times for Intro students on Thursday mornings; and the Lord has been redirecting me from my three years’ focus on Jesus’ return to His death, resurrection, and ascension. More on that last bit later.

What I wanted to quickly share here was one of the most simple yet profound truths I’ve ever heard, which Mike Baker said at one of the Thursday fasting meetings. When we wear masks, we cannot have true intimacy. If I put up a façade before my wife, my daughter, my family or friends, or before my beloved Jesus, I hinder the otherwise pervading love that would be had between us. A person’s countenance is paramount – do not hide yours behind falsities. Remove everything that encumbers fellowship, and be violent about it. Jesus died that we would have right relationships restored to us.

Uniforms, however, can be a very good thing. Being a veteran in the Army, I understand a thing or two about what a uniform will do to a regular Joe; suddenly the Superman within the Clark Kent becomes known to him, and he is able to act seemingly supernaturally, though in actuality it was available all along. I applied this familiar understanding to the priesthood, and quickly concluded that as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, that I need to daily put on my priestly garb in order to access efficiently that “power of an endless life” (Heb. 7:16) that I have already been given in Christ, my sympathizing High Priest who has the grace to give me for strength to serve my God without hindrance. All praise be to our Forerunner, Jesus!

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