Doctrine of Authenticity

This thing I am calling the "Doctrine of Authenticity" is something that has been brewing from within me for some time now. I think it is coming from a deep desire to see the worlds perception of Christianity flip flopped. I don't know if it is just me or if anyone else has noticed but as Christians we have done an extremely poor job of expressing, living, showing, or defending the life of Jesus and his work. Its like we have fallen into this deep sleep of satisfaction with where we stand in our faith, unwilling to shift from our self seeking ways. Instead of allowing transparency in our lives, and building relationships with others we have built walls that keep us around our "Christian" friends and then we say we are being like Christ by staying "out of this world". Does no one realize how that Jesus was very much in the world?

Please don't take this as a dis, but as a whole Christians have done a horrible job making Jesus appealing to those who are not following him. I would go as far to say that Christianity has let down the world in this aspect. People are looking for authenticity and we have simply neglected to give it. I can sit here and without a shadow of a doubt say that what cued my mind to the reality of Christianity was not cute t-shirts with funny sayings, guys on the corner with signs, or a sweaty T.V. evangelist it was friends who were transparent and authentic in the way they lived and loved for that matter. People who were not afraid to say "I messed up". People who lived out the faith one day at a time.

This soap box might come from years of seeing friends and family reject Christianity because of the way other "Christians" act. Or, it could come from a desire I want with all I have in me to somehow change this perspective that the Church has brought upon itself. Christianity is so much more than a guy on T.V. asking for your money or a guy yelling "you are all going to hell" on the corner. Look at Jesus rather than condemnation he loved. Jesus simply met needs and when those needs were met people realized the life that was in him. Jesus was authentic always, he was the same in private as in public. You could say he was transparent.

So what is the Doctrine of Authenticity? Its a state of mind that requires us to throw out the way we used to do things and move past self seeking desires and into service of others. Its a lifestyle that causes us to act like Christ everyday in every situation. Its not something that we have one day and is gone the next. More than anything it is what people are looking for.