when the mask slips

Posted: September 4th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 5 Comments »

I’ll give you the words and wisdom that will reduce all your accusers to stammers and stutters. -Luke 21:15

There are people who use religion to trample others in an attempt to build their religious stilts. They want to be the tallest clown in the circus. Self-promotion and religious smooth talk are the keys to success in the religious pageant. Talking to them is useless, they suck you into their pompous religious rattle and game. Their pride is blinding and eventually they will fall over what they can’t see.

Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. Don’t even hang around people like that. -Ephesians 5:6-7

I know a man who recently told his old friend that he painted him in the worst light possible to several important authorities in his denomination in order to insure his own advantage. When the two were alone, he admitted to maneuvering the network in order to get his way, but there was no one around to witness it.

Or was there? There is hope for the man who refuses to depart from the law of Love no matter the cost.

Haman was a man of authority and prestige. He was able to take advantage of his position to push religious and political issues that the king never would have agreed to had he known. Esther was an adopted girl who had no breeding or prestige at all. Haman’s life intersected with Esther’s because his religious agenda was to annihilate the people whom she loved. She heard from God and played it cool while he made a public display of building a gallows that was seventy-five feet high. Haman’s pride was a blinding force and he made sure to put the gallows near his house. When the time was right and the public gallows complete, Haman’s pride walked him into the end of his tyranny.

Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he had built. -Esther 7:10

The chapter that mentions the bully is named after the the ‘nobody’ who God chose to make a ‘somebody.’

Using the scriptures as a contract with loopholes is like trying to fight your way out of a tangle of cords on scaffolding. Eventually you will hang yourself.

Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend, all the while conniving against you. When he speaks warmly to you, don’t believe him for a minute; he’s just waiting for the chance to rip you off. No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice, eventually his evil will be exposed in public. -Proverbs 26:24

There is nothing like public contempt to choke out pride and self-righteousness. And maybe that’s all it will take. A thorn shoved into pride will make the truth coherent. Smooth words reduced to stammers and stutters.

You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town. -Luke 12:3

your mask is slipping

your mask is slipping


5 Comments on “when the mask slips”

  1. 1 Mary said at 3:45 am on September 4th, 2009:

    A couple of years ago when I asked God to burn the Fake out of me, He did so using those whose masks are firmly glued to their own self-righteousness. I couldn't figure out why God would let me be so exposed to people who are so Not. But then I read 2 Cor 3 and saw that the veil is torn off to reflect HIS glory. He's not so interested in me being good as in me being His delight.

    Thank you, Serena, for these posts. I am new to your blog and find Jesus here.

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 4:01 am on September 4th, 2009:

    Mary, thank you for being here. I usually write about what I'm going through. But have found that since I'm part of a 'body' a lot of other people are going through similar things. 🙂

  3. 3 Kandice said at 4:49 am on September 4th, 2009:

    This was a great post. Thank you, Serena. I am going through something that has to do with religious masks, and this has helped me see things a bit more clearly. Praise God – he is so good and faithful.

  4. 4 Bianca said at 7:26 am on September 4th, 2009:

    My heart just dropped a little bit. I'm about to go into a meeting at work and confront a co-worker about the facade that has been up too long. I couldn't have read this at a more perfect time.

    "Using the scriptures as a contract with loopholes is like trying to fight your way out of a tangle of cords on scaffolding." Please pray for me.

  5. 5 Sisterlisa said at 7:46 am on September 4th, 2009:

    You have no idea how timely your blog articles are for me. :O)

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