Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I Want To Be Genuine...Not a Convincing Counterfeit
Genuine - not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
Have you ever seen a picture that was so gorgeous that you were almost sure it had to be doctored? Or something so strange you knew it couldn't be real?
This is definitely...
But it is amazing how authentic it looks.
These days, as kids watch movies, I often wonder if they can even tell the difference between the genuine and the computer generated images since it all melds together so smoothly. I remember watching Sci Fi movies and groaning to my brother, "That doesn't even look real." Corny effects helped to expose the artificial origins. How are we suppose to detect the difference these days?
The "fake" looks so convincing anymore. Bombarded with "perfect" images everywhere, we can hardly remember what a picture of a woman looks like without the airbrushed transformations on every crease and shadow of her face and body. We crave the authentic and yet are drowning in the believable artificial!
We are surrounded by them.
Sometimes....we are them.
Legalism is very dangerous because of how authentically good it looks on the outside when inside, it's not as it appears.
Legalism convinces the brokenhearted to put on a mask of happiness.
Legalism makes mirages out of unhealthy marriages.
Legalism controls the child to behave instead of learn.
Legalism hides corrupt priests in honorable looking robes.
Legalism hides the truth for fear of what others may say.
I've been trying to put into words how important being "real" with each other is. I'm struggling to gather my thoughts. Perhaps it's because I am in the process of learning this myself. It's difficult to write about something when you're still formulating your thoughts. Bear with me. I plan to write on this through out the week.
As one of my favorite quotes says..."We do not write in order to be understood, but we write in order to understand." -C. Day Lewis Guess I have yet to understand genuine. I know I want to be real and allow others to feel like they can be real around me. It's one of my favorite things about God. He is who he says he is and he takes me as I am. No airbrushing needed. In fact, he's seen every part of me - even the garbage. It doesn't get anymore real than that!