We live in a culture that seldom wears external veils, but we also live in a culture where we each wear a veil every single day. I’m talking about the facade that we all want others to see. We all want others to see our positive traits and not our negatives. We want everyone to like us, and our egos are so in need of stroking that we have a problem thinking that certain people may not have that high of opinion of us.
This is especially true in the church today. The one place that we should be free to acknowledge that we are sinners and that we all have common struggles is also the one place that we have to be the most perfect. Our kids can’t be bad, our hair cannot be messed up, we must have on our best clothes and makeup, and by all means we can’t have any problem that we’re dealing with– unless we’re sure that it’s outside our control. Then it can be a prayer request.
Heather Bixler talks about removing the veil and had the following to say:
It’s hard to love in spite of whatever, because when we let down our guard and become vulnerable to new relationships and opening up to the point to where we allow ourselves to have love for someone else, then we are just that vulnerable to pain and hurt and heartache. It’s just easier for me to not allow those things in my life.
In reality, when we hide behind a veil, we are keeping people away and not showing them love. In turn, they cannot help us and pray for us either. We erect a wall, and then we fortify it with more things that are “easier to keep to myself” than they are to share.
God wants us to be as innocent as little children. He wants us to be transparent and to be bearing one another’s burdens. We cannot do that if we keep hiding behind the veil.