Today, you can go to Walmart and see more people wearing a mask than one used to see at the hospital. Since antiquity, masks have been available for protection, so there is nothing wrong with using one for that reason. People are wearing masks for their safety and the safety of others. With all the hype about wearing a mask, I decided to go to the Bible and see what it says about mask wearing.

It proved an interesting study. The first Bible mention of a face covering is in Genesis 24:65: “For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.” If you have ever been to the Middle East or attended a wedding, you understand what Rebekah was doing here.

In Exodus 34:33, Moses had been in the presence of the Lord, and his face was shining so bright it was terrifying the people. He had to use a face covering so that they would not run from him. Some have suggested that this writer do the same because my face scares them! In Isaiah 6:2 it tells us about a vision of heaven: “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.” These angels are covering their faces with wings. In the New Testament, it speaks of those that put a mask on their hearts (I Corinthians 3:15).

Again, I am not against wearing masks, but there are some things the Bible tells us not to put a mask on. We should not put a mask on the Scriptures. Spread the Bible far and wide and never “sheltered-in” the Truth where no one can hear. We should never put a mask on our salvation.

Hiding salvation is worse than hiding the cure to Covid-19! The Devil hides salvation because he is evil, but a believer should share salvation. In a world using masks to extend and save their physical live, do not mask salvation that can save their spiritual life! Our Christianity must spiritually unmask even if we mask our natural body. God left us here to shine, and if we do not, who will?

– Pastor Seth Buckner is the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, in Jefferson. He can be reached via email at pastorseth@hopeatheritage.com .