Authenticity in Today’s World

30 Apr

Authenticity is quick to listen.

Authenticity knows that it can learn from a variety of voices at the table, and refuses a seat to no one.  They pull up a chair for those disenfranchised, call attention to those overlooked, and speak on behalf of those muted.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Robert Photography. Copyright 2014. http://www.aaronrobertphotography.com

Authenticity owns its weaknesses, and never provides easy answers.  A call to authenticity often requires us to lead with the broken, the challenging, and the lacking in our lives.  Not in order to find healing or fullness, but to acknowledge the humanity within each of us.

Authenticity is slow to speak.

They consider their words, and do not feel the need to speak first or have the final word.  They understand that they do not need to shout the loudest in order for their words to have an impact. Authenticity does not run to the marketplace demanding the subjugation of others to their ideology.  They understand that who lead with answers are revealed as heralds of their own arrogance and superiority.

Authenticity is slow to wrath.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Robert Photography. Copyright 2013. http://www.aaronrobertphotography.com

Their temperature is not raised by a disagreement, and understands that their world is not in danger due to someone’s opposing view.  They understand that God’s throne is not based upon public discussion or popular vote.

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to come angry.  James 1:19

As Jesus called out the Pharisees, they fought for their image, clung to their power, and prized their piety.  The authentic individual acts heedless of image, releases power, and prizes the call of God above all else.

This is what will lead the church to intimacy.   This is what will lead the church to healing.

 

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.

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