First of all, i want to apologise for the lack of a post last week. I’d just got home from a mini vacation to the city of Sheffield to visit a good friend, and when i got home, i really didn’t have the energy to write anything, it may not be a good reason, but it’s an honest one. Which leads into the topic of this weeks post perfectly!
There seems to be a running theme of transparency not only in terms of my emotions, but in terms of my faith. I’m terrible at being honest with my feelings. If i’m feeling depressed, i have a tendency to shut myself away, if someone has hurt or upset me, i have a compulsion to shut down rather than resolve the conflict. It’s an issue that i need to confront, maybe even in time, overcome it. But it’s the second part of this that’s got me thinking.
I’m a big advocate for the idea of “honest Christianity.” For those who are not aware, Honest Christianity is the idea of us as believers, being as honest to those that are yet to know the Lord. It’s the idea that, when we tell people about Jesus, it’s not a false account of a perfect life, but a relationship that is worth having. That we commit to this relationship knowing that, though times are hard, we don’t have to face them alone, because we have the creator of all things on our side. i mention this because there’s a latter part to this idea that doesn’t apply as much to new Christians as it does for those of us that are more confident in our faith.
Transparent faith is us being honest with our selves and each other. It’s about being able to admit when we’re struggling, and going to our brothers and sisters in Christ in humility when we need support. It’s about not feeling that shame in our times of doubt, and always knowing that our father loves us more than we could ever understand, and will never leave us.
To me, faith should be like a diamond, strong, beautiful and transparent. But the important thing to remember is that, diamonds are formed under intense pressure. We need to go through the struggles, the hardships, the heartbreak, the doubt, the pressure, before we can really become who we’re called to be in Christ.
In james (5:16) we are told:
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
And as far as i’m concerned, the same should go for the times where we doubt. It can be hard to admit our struggles, and our doubts, but it’s better to admit when we’re having a hard time, and when we don’t understand than to just bottle it in and give up. And i understand this is a lot easier said than done, and it’s something i too struggle with. I find it so much easier to just shut down than to admit when i’m struggling, I have doubts just like everyone else, and i can crumble under pressure just like anyone else. But that’s exactly why this is so important.
We as the people of God, as the Body of Christ, and as his church need to be united now more than ever, this broken world needs the love of Christ right now, we need his kingdom to come, and for his will to be done, and how are we supposed to show the world honest Christianity if we can’t even be honest with ourselves?
The first step to revival in the church is honesty. With ourselves and each other, It’s time we break the shame that is found around our doubt, in order to replace that doubt with fresh understanding, unending love, and unquestionable faith. Maybe, when we can move past this step, we can get onto changing this world, and do as Jesus told us, and make disciples of all nations, not through trickery and promises of an easy life, but through honest love and transparent faith.
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