Matthew 23:27-28, NIV: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

It is a fool who fools himself, and thinks to fool all others, but wiser are the eyes of those who are honest with their brothers. It is amazing to what length we go to conceal our true identity. We hope to draw close to others and enjoy fellowship; while hoping as well that they will not see us for whom we really are. What is it that drives us to cover up, and hide behind our masks? Is it insecurity—fear that once they see us for who we really are that they will have nothing more to do with us? Is it pride because we ourselves refuse to accept the truth about ourselves? We may not know why we cover up, but perhaps worse is what we lose: honesty, closeness, genuineness… And we may never know the riches we could discover in true Christian fellowship, all because we leave them buried behind masks and so much window dressing.