I remember when I first started hearing this word pop up in different places, I knew the definition, but wasn’t quite sure what it meant to actually apply it to my life and live it out. To truly live an authentic life. I did know that I wanted it, and I have been seeking it out ever since. So when I run across a book or an article that talks about living authentically, I get excited. Here is part of an article I enjoyed last week from Relevant Magazine. It’s titled “Stop Pretending to Be So Perfect.”
At what point did Christianity become about being good and making sure others perceive us as doing good things? At what point did church become a place for people to come and pretend they aren’t sick?
When we look at Christ, we see such an opposite example: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor,” he said, “but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
If we pretend we’re not sinners, Jesus can’t heal us. But when we start being honest in our lives, with God, with others and even with those we lead, we can experience the healing that was always meant to be ours.
Be Honest With God.
If you’re going to stop pretending in your public life, you first have to stop pretending with God in your private life. Even though God knows everything I say, think and do (Psalm 139:2), when I pray, I often talk to him like a trusted mentor—someone I’m comfortable confiding in about most things—but not everything.
Brennan Manning says, in The Ragamuffin Gospel, “In Sunday worship, as in every dimension of our existence, many of us pretend to believe we are sinners. Consequently, all we can do is pretend to believe we have been forgiven.”
We hide from God for fear of not being accepted by him. Yet, when we hide, we can’t experience just that: his acceptance. It is when we are finally honest with God that we can experience real forgiveness and unconditional love, and that is what leads to real healing.
The rest of the article goes on to talk about being honest with other people. You can read the full article online at relevantmagazine.com. It’s worth the read!