Touché January 6, 2017 (Epiphany)
Posted on January 6, 2017 by under Touché,

 

Core Values-Authenticity

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

“Can I be honest?” – that phrase is intriguing.  Does it imply that up to that point what I’ve said is not true?  Or does it mean now I am getting to the tough stuff and I need permission to go there?  This Sunday we will be talking about one of our core values in transformation-authenticity.  We are authentic when we are real. When how we present ourselves to God and to each other lines up with who we truly are, when we give up pretending and hiding and, instead, commit to “walk in the light,” transformation becomes possible.

John the apostle is writing to shape the beloved community where the light seen in Christ is seen in the community we now call the church.  John says that “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  John says that until we are honest with ourselves we cannot be honest with each other.   Each of us has the “self” that we put on display for others – our church clothes and our church smile – but let’s be honest; there are struggles and things that haunt us that need to be brought into the light.

As we prepare to reflect together on Sunday, I have a few questions for you to think about:

  • How do you picture “walking in the light?” What does that mean to you?
  • What keeps you from being completely honest with God?
  • Living authentically with other human beings can be much more difficult than living authentically with God. Why is that?
    • What is the potential risk of being authentic with others?
    • What is the potential reward of being authentic with others?
  • Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. God calls us to be ambassadors for Christ.  How is this mission helped or hindered by our willingness to be authentic?

Can we be honest?  I want to live in a community where we are all free to say “what is so” for us without fear of cut off or condemnation.  I know the church has not always been that type of community. I believe authenticity is the gateway to transformation as we practice being honest with ourselves and with each other.  I look forward to being with all of you and “all of you” this Sunday as we seek to walk in the light that our joy may be complete.

In the Light,

Taylor