EMERGING VALUES ~ AUTHENTICITY
Authenticity is the quality or condition of being authentic, trustworthy, or genuine. Perhaps more than anything as the church continues to emerge, there is a need in the individual believer’s life, and the life of Christians who gather in community, to exhibit this quality of authenticity, not only amongst themselves, but in the larger context of our lives, in our work, in our play, and in how we engage with our society and the various cultural entities within it.
There is no greater need than that sense of trustworthiness, of being real and transparent, than today, where the leaders of nations go forth and wage war on misleading grounds and evidence, and then justify the death and carnage that results, and it is compounded when these same leaders of nations have the gall and audacity to call themselves by the Name that is above every name, a self proclaimed follower of Jesus Christ.
We know that the deeds of our hands that flow from the attitude and condition of hearts is what vindicates us, and reveals who we claim to be. The fruit of Christ do no include war mongering, terrorizing, hostage taking, the raping of people and pillaging of property and resources. These are the fruit of those who belong to the other kingdom that is attempting to rule this world. There is no justification for violence and abuse and terror in Jesus’ economy. Authenticity demands that we be true to the One who is above all, and all in all, and not true to a man made creedal formulation, or to someone’s “just war” theology. Where oh where are the authentic peace makers?
It is one thing to deal with authenticity on the above grand scale, and the challenge for us as the emerging church, is to be authentic in and out of season, and to engage with those within our circle and those outside our circle, in grace, and love and authenticity, to better understand how we can engage the culture, and advance the Kingdom of God, instead of getting trapped in theological diatribes and arguments that do not further the cause of Christ or His Kingdom.