Authentic Christians are people who are transparent and live out who they are on the inside. They are people who reflect their inner values on the outside without pretense. The kind of individuals who don’t find it necessary to hide who they are, even when it isn’t perfect in the eyes of others. Authentic Christians are secure people about their pilgrimage and who are able to live a natural life expressing an individual identity of reflective spiritual development giving the person confidence to be who they are at any given stage of their journey. It is a life that rises above shame about mistakes, sin, and failure with confidence in the sufficiency of God’s transforming power. People like this are often hard to find and are people who have learned through hard experiences that the transparent life of the soul is more likely to bring the joy and peace of the Kingdom in the process, so they align with their core self and are honest about things happening in their own lives, as well as, issues they have with other people.
Think about it, if you have been in church very long, you know there are people who are evasive, secretive, and others who are downright deceptive about how they live to prevent anyone from knowing their secrets. One reason is that we live in a culture that thrives on shame, especially in religious circles where there is little grace in the discussion of redemption by the saints. Also, it is because there is a deeply insecure, afraid, or wounded person who has not learned to trust God in a life of intimate transformation. It takes being broken by life and people to bring a person to the place of transformative grace and allow them to be honest, open and transparent.
Among Christians, there are the ones who are living in denial, i.e., individuals who have issues in their personal lives or their relationships that they never acknowledge and deal with things carefully hidden away, choking away spiritual life, and preventing honest transparency from happening. Unfortunately, from these buried problems, there is often the source material of people who often create division and confusion in relationships in the church or organizations because in a crisis situation the hidden and unresolved personal issues come to the surface.
Because authentic Christians live transparent lives, they tend to be able to trust in God through the problems knowing that he loves them beyond what cannot be grasped in human understanding. As such, the authentic Christian does not have to be deceptive because transparency provides realization that hiding behind fig leaves only derails intimacy with God. So, when you see a Christian who knows how to live a transformed life of intimacy, you will see authenticity and experience honesty in Christian living. Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived up to that kind of relationship with God and gave the same opportunity to others?