When considering the question of whether or not to mask, how many even think passingly on what God says about the face? Even myself, I did not remember the scriptural references to the face, or deeply ponder the significance of the face. However, that is not to say the Lord did not open to me these very important thoughts; and I would like to share them, to encourage others, as I myself have been so wonderfully enlightened, by the grace of God!
Let me begin by saying that while I am a follower of Christ (a Christian), I do not hold to any “denominational” tenets, nor do I agree with any entire religious organization, such as the Russian Orthodox faith, from which this quoted portion is taken; though it is possible to glean truth from any. While reading a worthy article on russian-faith.com, the Lord opened to me the following information on mask wearing, which is hereby quoted verbatim.
“The emphasis on a face in the scripture is always an emphasis on a personhood. Our face is the most important feature of our person – of who we are. We are recognized by our face before God and before people. We are created in the image of God, and that image must stay unaltered for us to be who we are. When we cover our face, we are just one of the crowd (from the submissive heard [sic])and we lose our personhood, which is in direct contradiction to God’s image in which we were created.
“Wearing of a face mask severely impairs our ability to communicate with other people. Psychology says that our words account to only 7% of the overall message in our face-to-face communication, tone of the voice 33%, while facial expressions and body language account for a whopping 55%.
“In this day and age through excessive use of “smartphones” we are already robbed of quality relationships with our loved ones, and now with no handshakes, no touching and face coverings (which rightly bears the sinister name of “social distancing”), we will turn into walking zombies, devoid of our humanity. It will inevitably have severely negative consequences on our mental health and it will not help restore bridges in our divided society.
“That is why the author Charles Burris is right in his observation that people who succumb to this new COVID religion see a threat in other people – especially those who are healthy looking (asymptomatic), avoid people, and those who refuse to be dehumanized and wear the western style burka on their face are seen as dangerous heretics who have to be removed from society or “burned at stake”.
“COVID-19 and its “omni-presence” has in many ways replaced God and has turned our society into a Secular Sharia. This connection between Islam and secular mask mandates has been thusly explained:
” “2300 years ago, long before Islam, Arabs discovered that forcing people to cover their noses and mouths, broke their wills and individuality, and depersonalized them. It made them submissive. That’s why they imposed on every woman the mandatory use of a fabric over her face. Then Islam turned it into the woman’s symbol of submission to Allah, the man owner of the harem, and the King. Modern psychology explains it: without a face we don’t exist as independent beings. The child looks in the mirror between the ages of two and three and is discovered as an independent being. The mask is the beginning of deleting individuality. He who does not know his history is condemned to repeat it.” ” End of quoted passage.
Following is the link to the full article.
Here also are a few scriptural references of face to face communication:
Exodus 33:11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.
Deuteronomy 5:4 The Lord talked with you face to face…
Deuteronomy 34:10 …Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, …
2 John 12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
3 John 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Our faces, if Christ dwells within!! 😁
We all know that face to face communication provides the richest fulfillment in any relationship; as it is among people, so it is between people and God, who created in every soul a desire for relationship with himself. For this reason, more than any other, then, I and my best half will resist the mask.
To paraphrase an old children’s song about letting our light shine…
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! 😁
“Hide it under a burka 😷, NO!! I’m gonna let it shine!
Until next time…