Have you ever met someone who vehemently says that they go to the gym and eat healthy, despite the obvious fact that their overall physical appearance may not reflect that? Now I am not picking on “fluffy” people (lol); I simply am using this as an example of how sometimes we want to be something—that we are not. We may try and affiliate ourselves with a group of people, but fail to meet the standards and expectations for such membership. Even Christians for example, have the tendency to present themselves one way, and more than often, act another. I think Christian’s who behave this way…might have been attending an Acting Class, as opposed to church.
Recently, my daughter performed a drama called “King of Hearts” at church that gave the illustration of wearing masks in our daily lives. Once the mask was removed, it revealed a person of complete contrast. One illustration was of a beautiful, perhaps conceited, young woman who appeared to have confidence and self-love; but the moment the mask was removed–an insecure, doubtful, and low self-esteemed person was revealed.
There are plenty of memes on Instagram that address our character as people—perhaps reminding us that God cares about the heart of the person, as opposed to the mask. People use the terminology like “keep it 100” or “I am keepin’ it real…” in an attempt to supplement true genuineness.
But are they really?
Is “keeping it real” mean we live in sin and are proud of it?
Is “keeping it real” mean we can offend people as long as we are HONEST or “straight-forward?”
Or is “keeping it real…” mean that we lose people in our lives that can’t handle the truth?
Paul says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). In other words, Paul himself struggles with the idea of living a life that is righteous before God. Paul is “keepin’ it real..” but he is also keeping it humble.
Because the truth is, when we are humble and honest before God—we will seek change. When we are honest and humble before God, we are not boastful or proud of our sin. In fact, the bible says that We are saved by Grace…”not by anything we have done…” (Ephesians 2:9). So what gives us the credentials to “keep it real…” yet, claim to be humble, when we choose to emit such pride? We can’t presume to be close to God, when our lives don’t testify to it. Because liking a post on Instagram doesn’t change your heart, anymore than pretending to go to the gym and eating a cheeseburger instead.
Perhaps, we have spent too much time in Acting Class, and not enough time evaluating our lives. Maybe it is time to sit down and have a full course meal of humble pie…and throw away the trash that is laid before us at the banquet table. Maybe it’s time to remove people in our lives that encourage us with ungodliness and fill our hearts with pride…and instead return to that place where we can safely be broken before God—not because we are weak…but because HE is strong.