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Radical Transparency is the idea that as Christians, we need to live authentically. We need to stop pretending that everything is "fine" when it's anything but. We need to stop striving to live Facebook and Pinterest-worthy lives, and just be real with each other and with God.
Somewhere along the line we collectively decided that as Christians, we needed to appear perfect, even when we're anything but. As a result, we cut ourselves off from the very people who can help us--other believers--and we look like hypocrites to everyone else.
The Bible says we should, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15 NIV How can we do that if we're afraid to share our brokenness? Instead, we isolate ourselves, from others and from God, ashamed that our lives aren't perfect. It's the emotional and spiritual version of "keeping up with the Jones's."
We must stop practicing "Facebook Christianity”--presenting a shiny facade to the world, while on the inside we're "full of dead men's bones." Our God is more than cute slogans. He steps right into the messiness of our lives. He sees us at our worst--naked and ashamed--and loves us anyway.
Christ was naked on the cross. His lowest moments were witnessed by crowds of people, and here we are, two thousand years later, still talking about that moment.
We must understand this: Christ's lowest moments--His nakedness, His pain, His grief--are the very tools He uses to draw us to Him. He bared His body and His heart, holding nothing back.
He called us to witness that agony, and then to tell others about his very worst moments. Why?
Matthew 5:3-4 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." God calls us "blessed" in our brokeness because that's when He draws near to us. In turn, when we share our story of brokenness with others, they too are brought close to Him.
Jesus didn't call us to an easy life. He called us to get down in the trenches with each other. To support those who are too weak to do so themselves. We can only do that if we are real with each other.
God wants our hearts. He wants the raw, painful places that we try not to examine. He wants the secret place that whispers, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief." He wants our beauty and our ugliness. But to give him that, we have to be real--to ourselves, to others, and to God.
If this call to authenticity scares you, you're not alone. It took me four hours to write this post. The thought of appearing less than perfect, of revealing my true self, was terrifying. But I ache for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Christ. So here I stand, in all of my brokenness, asking you to join me in a deeper, more authentic life.
Let's stop being whited sepulchers full of dead men's bones. Let's quit being ashamed of our less than perfect lives. I believe when we do so, the light of Christ will shine out of all of our broken places, and the world will see Him in us.
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