This week I have had several discussions about church. One thing I heard a few times was about the facade we put up. How we get dressed up nice and pretend our lives are in order when we are really just broken. There are many reasons we do this. We think people don’t want to hear all the negative things going on. We think people will gossip about us. We sometimes even think our lives should not be this way – we have Jesus so only good things happen to Jesus people (someone tells me this all the time – crazy I know). I imagine there are other reasons.
Matthew 23:25 – Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
How do we change an environment where everything is hidden to an environment of transparency? Who among us is brave enough to stand up and really share their brokenness with others? Not some past brokenness where “you” have fixed yourself mind you, but your current brokenness where Christ is fixing you now. Am I ashamed of my sin? Am I ashamed that I need to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus?