Thinking Out Loud

August 19, 2018

Authenticity

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 2:28 pm

The person who led worship this morning was the same person who brought the sermon just a few weeks earlier. On both occasions I was struck by how her demeanor — or comportment is an older word once used — on stage is so consistent with what I know of her off stage.  

Consistency, authenticity and transparency are words which come to mind. Hopefully a few weeks before that, on the weekend it was my turn to speak, people saw the same thing: That there was no pretense; no changing of my words or my priorities; no embellishing my spirituality just because I was in the spotlight.

That’s what we should all strive for. We should aim to be the same people on stage as off stage. If, through faithful church attendance someone taps us to take a public, platform role on a Sunday, we shouldn’t need to turn on a switch in order to fulfill that role’s responsibilities. It should simply be who we are. It should be organic. It should just pour out of the overflow of our hearts. It’s out of that overflow the mouth speaks. 

References to families which are arguing and screaming in the minivan on the way to church and then emerge from the vehicle all smiles, should be banished from both our mindsets and our experience.

 

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