“Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me.”
Casting Crowns Does Anybody Hear Her
Many of us, where we should feel the most comfortable, wear a façade in the church. Behind the masks lie hurt, pain, betrayal, history, sickness, and so much more. We are covered up to protect our true identity, our true selves, who we are in Christ. While you and I should feel completely raw and transparent, we find ourselves in fear of ridicule and rejection. Where we should be completely open and honest, we find ourselves entangled with exaggeration and denial. Where we should be received by our peers, we become ostracized and rejected. Where we should be accepted, we find ourselves shielded from approval.
I know that it is a bit raw. One of the things that you and I must come to terms with is that we are all wearing some sort of a façade or a mask. A façade is nothing more than a cover-up that hides us from the real person that God has called us to be. As a believer, I found myself under all the categories that I mentioned and so much more. I let one of my co-workers read the first part of this portion and they made a statement that is ever so true; we are often trying to come to Jesus completely clean when Jesus wants us to come to Him just as we are.
Jesus did not die so you or I could just have another set of rules and regulations to adhere to. Jesus did not go to the cross to suffer so that we could come together in a small gathering, pretend to like what is going on and the people that we are hanging around, act as if nothing is wrong with our lives, and to think that we are going to win the world to Christ. Friend, we are called to be authentic. Jesus did not hide His identity nor did He hide His true feelings. We often found Christ confronting the leaders of this religion