Authenticity, by Renee Peebles

Authenticity

A young man recently shared with me his reason for not wanting to go to "church". The young man said, "There are not very many real people in our churches today, everyone puts on a "Holier than thou" face and then talks about you behind your back. They act one way at church and another way outside of church". He said he could talk to someone for 5 minutes or so and tell if they were authentic or not. I reminded him that Jesus is to be our example and He was and is completely authentic, He never condemned anyone and hung out with real people with real problems. He agreed and commented that is why he believes in Jesus but sees no need to go to church. This young man professes to be a Christian and at one time was very involved in church, youth group, praise band, you name it. He said there are just too many phonies in church. It broke my heart and after hearing Josh McDowell this fall about this generation and where most of them are at, it rang all too true in my ears. Christ was all about relationship not "religion", as a whole the church has gotten so far away from authentic Christianity we don't even know what Jesus looks likes, we have bumper stickers, bracelets, bible covers that ask the question WWJD...but our behavior towards those who have been deceived by the enemy and have stumbled or fallen into sin proves that most of us don't have a clue "What Jesus Would Do". We act all shocked at our brothers and sisters sins, and then expect "lost" people to be attracted to our Jesus! Jesus wasn't shocked by sin, He had the cure for it, THE CROSS, Jesus is the perfect picture of Authenticity, He is the REAL deal and we should follow His example. God help us! Me first! Isn't the church (the body of Christ) supposed to be a place for "sinners", hurting people, searching people, a place where people feel accepted and loved? (I'm not talking about embracing sinful behavior) but, being vulnerable and real with one another so we can be encouraged not discouraged to enter the doors of our local churches? Saturday morning a friend and I were talking and praying about things and we realized something is terribly wrong, we are doing something horribly wrong in trying to win this generation and the next for Christ. The words of this young man could probably be said by any young adult of our generation. Our faith is not relative to them because there is no authenticity! Prayer: Oh, God help me to be authentic, to be the real deal, you are our hope, we still have time, help us to redeem the time because the days are evil! Help us to live with eternty in mind!

About Renee Peebles:

Renee is passionate about her relationship with Christ, her family and homeschooling. She enjoys writing devotions and articles on homeschooling, family and God's Word.  Her desire is for every woman to know her value and worth in Christ Jesus and begin to walk in His truth.

 

Visit Renee at wherethegrassisgreener-renee.blogspot.com.

 

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