Authentication

“We the church face a crisis in terms of the gospel we preach because we have not authenticated ourselves to the world around us.” ~ John M. Perkins

In other words (not because I don’t think you are smart enough but because I really like to paraphrase!) No one understands what you are saying because it shares no part in THEIR lives.  ugh.  Irritating, mainly because it’s ineffective communication.  Things like theology, world views and philosophy are really important things to discuss.  But who cares about discussions if there is no real understanding.  Who wants to discuss issues of great importance with someone they don’t even respect, someone they don’t believe actually does what they themselves talk about? How can we help people at the very least see the person of Jesus and his philosophies in a light other than disdain (disdain earned by people who did not handle those philosophies with the care and respect they deserve) if we are busy judging and trying to tell them how and why they are wrong, or doomed or somehow not good enough. Oh, of course we really believe that WE are not good enough either.  But in a different way.  a somewhat better, more redeemed way.  We don’t really ‘see’ that that is our stance…our posture, if you will.  But it seems evident to those who don’t really understand the love and grace and intense care Jesus had/has for every human being.  But their soul longs for it.  Their soul senses what is ultimately good and right and Godly.  And sees what is false. 

When I sit in church on Sunday morning I am sad because I can’t bring my friends there.  We aren’t talking to them. We aren’t speaking a language they understand.  A language only spoken with bodies and presence and time and love and attention to detail and culture. We use words and phrases that separate the uninitiated and promote a feeling of inferiority – whether or not intended.  

If I try to post more than 4 events in a row to my Facebook page, I must AUTHENTICATE.  Facebook says, prove it.  Prove you aren’t just a machine spouting stuff you have been programmed with.

“We the church face a crisis in terms of the gospel we preach because we have not authenticated ourselves to the world around us.” ~ John M. Perkins

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