“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.