21 Apr Authenticity
What comes to mind when you hear the word “authentic?”
For some, the word may be associated with a list of synonyms such as real, true or genuine or some may equate it with being transparent or vulnerable. Others may think of it as simply anything opposite of fake or phony. If you are looking at artwork, authentic refers to something that is original and not an imitation. If you are looking for authentic food you are most likely searching for dishes that are native to the area in which they originate and preferably prepared by someone from that location. Bottom line, is that although we may all agree on a basic overall definition of authentic, the meaning is highly dependent on the context.
With that said, what does it mean to be an authentic person? In particular, what does it mean to be an authentic Christian? Below are a few things to consider.
- Stay true to their faith and beliefs. Authentic Christians don’t tweak their beliefs based on where they are or who they are with. Their beliefs are unapologetically shaped by the Word of God.
- Stay true to their core identity. Authentic Christians know who they are and whose they are. They know that they have a God-given purpose so they strive to become all that God created them to be based on the inherent attributes and strengths that God has already placed in them.
- Stay true to their native origin. Authentic Christians know that they are not of the world. They seek to please God and not people; to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh.
- Stay true to their spiritual lineage. Authentic Christians not only wear bracelets saying WWJD, but they live it. Their goal is to become more and more like Jesus. Jesus exemplifies love, forgiveness and inclusion so they strive to do the same.
What does authentic mean to you?