The stores are full of a myriad of colorful costumes every October. Children can dress up like their favorite character and, for one night, become a pirate, superhero, princess, actor, or cartoon figure. They have fun playing make-believe, and receiving candy at every house.
But, there also is the adult version of Halloween that, in many cases, may last year round. On any given Sunday, in any church, you will find those who are all dressed up. There is Danny the Worship Leader, Carol the Choir Director, Eddie the Elder, Sam the Sunday School Teacher, George the Greeter, Annie the Organist, and dozens of other characters.
They all look nice, neat, pleasant and happy. What we do not see is who they are when they remove their costumes, when we see them throughout the rest of the week. Danny sends threatening, and intimidating emails to those who work for him. Carol yells constantly at her three children, and husband. Eddie takes office supplies to use at home. Sam never smiles at anyone, or says hello. George talks about others, to make himself look better. Annie always takes a two-hour lunch.
Perhaps you have seen some of these personalities at your church. But, before we all start pointing out the real person behind the facade, we have to be willing to take off our own mask. Most likely, there are many things we are hiding as well.