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What If We Only Were Authentic?

“Keepin it real man.”  “That’s how I roll.”  and “hey, that’s just me” are statements that come from a desire to be real and authentic.  When you are trying to be “authentic”  it’s all good.  Really.  Until that “authenticity” replaces a desire for holiness.  I have noticed among my peer group that authenticity sometimes going against some basic principles of the Bible:

  • Be Holy For I am Holy.
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul , mind, and strength. 
  • Love your neighbor as yourself.

It bothers me when my own desire to be “real” sqashes the passion I have to follow Jesus that is unique and sometimes quirky.  I am saddened when I see friends struggling for years with the same issues because, well, “it’s just how I am, and God loves me where I am.”  Not only that, but am I accepting my friends’ lack of strength and faith in God as “just them” forgetting that it is my duty as their friend to call them out to a higher way of living? 

I don’t want to sacrifice my soul on the altar of authenticity. 

Just something I’ve been thinking about.


3 Responses to “What If We Only Were Authentic?”

  • mark beeson Says:

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

  • aaron dewinter Says:

    Thanks for this post and the reminder. Stuff everyone struggles with in some fashion, me included. For me, when focusing more on God’s expectations and being faithful to Him, it forces me to not worry so much about others expectations and opinions. Over the last year I have found much wisdom and experiences that have led me to deeper understanding and to a place where I don’t over consume myself with worrying if others think I fit in or I’m part of an accepted group. I’ve decided to live my life for God and my family. If I’m accepted by others along the way, that’s a total bonus. I also find that those who accept you when you focus on God and your family truly accept you for who you are, instead of how “attractive” you might seem. Thanks again for this post. Reading stuff lek this helps me push ahead stronger and is a great reminder. Have a good Sunday!

  • Kelly Says:

    Amen again. Wrote about this awhile back myself: http://kepiad.blogspot.com/2008/01/real-vs-reality-check.html
    I pick up on it in my own life when I begin to wear my sin as some kind of twisted badge of honor. Makes me think of Philippians 3:19 – “their glory is in their shame.”

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