A lot of people have been chatting with me recently about my 1 Year without God post. This debate regarding being real vs. being authentic vs. really changed vs. really changing has really brought on some interesting discussions. Before I blog (hopefully tomorrow) about my thoughts I thought it would be cool to share another perspective.
Once again someone I love very much made an interesting comment to me. She is a very dear person to me. Someone I respect and love very much. She is wise, another one of my aunties and I value her opinion. She is educated and full of grace. So, to make sure the discussion isn’t one sided (or at least to show you the kind of people I surround myself with) I thought it would be neat to share some thoughts from outside my head. Obviously over active brain’s (not saying my produces much while it’s active but can assure you my auntie’s does) runs in my family. So here’s something to think about regarding the ideas brought up in 1 Year without God. I will be very sensitive to comments on this. I believe there are some great questions here, all of which will add a lot to my dialogue regarding the topic (coming soon):
“Ok so it turns out that everywhere I turn these days I am thinking, talking about this topic …
Here’s a couple things I have been thinking about:
1. If our main concern is about how to be attractive to people, I think we are like the white washed tombs – more concerned about being attractive on the outside than what is really going on inside. I think that is the wrong question to be asking. I think we need to be the people that Christ wants us to be and how that is attractive to other people is the job of the Holy Spirit.
2. I think a lot of this conversation comes out of people not wanting to be hypocrites – pretending that everything is great, putting on a good show and yet that not being the case on the inside. It reminds me of Jesus talking about the Pharisees cleaning the outside of their cup but the inside they leave dirty. (Mt 23:25,26) Jesus was criticizing them for having the outside clean but the inside dirty – hypocrites! But I don’t think the solution is to make the outside dirty also – being real.
I think the solution is to clean the inside also – be changed – or let Christ change you. He REALLY, REALLY wants to change us – to free us from our bondage … we just need to let him. (this is a continuous process – daily dying to self)
I am pretty passionate about this as lately I have seen many, many Christians decide they need to get real with what is going on in their lives. I have seen dads leave their families for ____ – you name the sin – because they couldn’t pretend anymore. These people have ruined their wives lives, their childrens lives and their lives. (Just this week a man I know who left his family to follow his sin just got fired from his job – what a mess!) Anyhow my point is, it would have been so much easier on everybody had they just allowed Christ to set to them free.
Going to a “seeker sensitive” church for years, their message was really to encourage people to embrace the “realness” to embrace the “journey”: they rarely talked about sin and giving it to Christ and leaving it behind. I watched people get really comfortable with their sin because they believed that God accepts them with their sin. The fact is God doesn’t accept our sin. It is not OK. Christ died to cover our sin because it is so unacceptable.
But I think we have to ask the question: why are so many Christians living in bondage? What are we doing wrong?
Anyhow, those are my thoughts.”
Love God and Love others friends. Have a great week. I will blog with you tomorrow.