That’s a quote from Dhati Lewis. (all this quote means is our best defense of who God is and what He does stems from us being real)
It’s very simple and extremely complicated at the same time.
The simplicity is BEING YOURSELF. Just be you with all your baggage and gifts. With all your joys and doubts. Don’t hide from your weaknesses and sin. Don’t act humble about stuff your not really humble about. Understand that you being you is liberating and it’s the only way to be known.
The complexity is BEING YOURSELF. Most people are great liars to others, but I find that we are sometimes really good at lying to ourselves. Being yourself requires that you let yourself be vulnerable and not hide.
One of the issues is that faking things really hurts our ability to reach people, and people are really good at smelling the “fake”. We have to see a polished turd is still a turd, and people can smell that somethings up. It’s exhausting to be a polished version of “you”, but just as important, it’s not effective being polished as well.
So as Bonhoeffer stated: “He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to loneliness. The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!”
I’m a liar.
I’m a theft.
I have problems with lust.
I struggle with pride.
I want money and things.
I have idols that I’ve put in front of God.
It isolates you and me when I hide this…But when I’m honest, we can both see each other as we are and see God redeem this “fallen-ness” together.