What the Bible Says About Wearing Masks
Sometimes I get a thought or have a question in my mind that begs for an explanation or an answer. Here is one of those. What does the Bible say about wearing face masks? Or, does it say anything at all?
So, I Googled “What does the Bible say about wearing masks?” As you know the Bible covers pretty much all we need to know about life and living. So, surely it says something about wearing, or not wearing masks.
Google didn’t let me down. Nor does the Bible ever for that matter. My search yielded this article, written by a pastor, Seth Buckner, who addresses the subject of mask wearing. Although I am not sure if the evidence is conclusive, or if we may still be in a state of doing what we think is best for us individually. The article resulted in multiple comments from other readers – both pro and con.
Here is the content of the article:
“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 walks in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, 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 two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two 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 (2 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 ‘shelter-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 life, 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?” end of article
So, there is one man’s take on wearing a mask, or not wearing a mask in light of Scripture. Of course, his comment, saying we must never mask the Scripture nor keep the Word to ourselves, is truth, and must be spread to others, not kept to ourselves.
The Apostle Paul says it well in 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 ESV And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.