Being Real

Leaving the church is not the answer.

When we find ourselves questioning things we need to lean into the church. This is not the time to back away. Satan would have us to step back. He wants to isolate us and convince us that we are all alone.

The fear of man brings a snare. It's a trap. We shouldn't be afraid to be real. Listen, we are sisters and brothers. Who in the natural are you totally yourself around? Your family. Spiritually, it should be the same. We need to be real with our sisters and brothers. We need to stop hiding our true selves. It is amazing what happens when we decide to be genuine. The church strengthens us. We need each other,  however imperfect we are. We are not alone. Sharing our struggles shows us how very much we have in common. We must not back away. We have to be genuine in our faith. Don't retreat when doubts arise. Press in, and open up. Doubts are OK. We all struggle with doubt. Let's struggle together.

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. Ask questions. Be real. Be weak. Let your weakness show. For when I am weak, He is strong. We are strong. Stronger together. Tell the truth.

I think most of us don't know how to do it. We want to change, but we don't know how. And we are afraid to admit it.

I don't have it all together. No one does.

This is me, today, being real:

"Church. I love church. I love community. Common Union. Jesus is our common union. I have been blessed to be locked into a part of this thing called the church for 16 years. But, taking these steps to follow Jesus, is leading me away from what I have become so comfortable with. Today, as I step out of the boat, I feel a little like Peter, maybe, sinking in the storm tossed sea begging Jesus to save me. I am afraid and unsure and faith feels sort of uncomfortable and unrecognizable. I'm not sure of my footing and I'm not sure where to put my foot down. I am faltering and scared and it feels dark in here. I want to trust and follow but I am full of doubt.  I need You Lord to settle Your peace upon my heart. I need to feel Your presence. This living by faith is kind of lonely right now. Please comfort my heart and mind."

The church needs reality.

Come on people, this is just ridiculous. Let's just be real with each other. All of these walls, they need to come down.

Feel free to start being real by leaving your real in the comments, there is no judgement here. Just a place to be you. To share and to be loved.



Tracy said…
What has me so disturbed lately (especially the last two days in my facebook newsfeed)is this intolerance movement. "let me love who I want to love" When will it end? When people are begging to marry their siblings? their parents? multiple partners? 10yr olds? maybe even animals! just because they want to "love" and marry whom they desire? Killing a baby is ok but cutting down a tree is not? What saddens me most, not even saddens, it sickens me how many are completely decensitized and blind. And how is it such a small percent of people are changing our country when there are more people that believe the other way? I can't help but think about David as a boy facing Goliath and him saying "who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" Our attitude for the sins of our nation should be the same as David's. But to be honest with you...I'm not sure how to do that other than be in relation with the people around me, gay, straight, abused, fornicating, drug abusing or not, and love them and love them some more and lovingly bring them into the truth. I don't know if I'm getting that part right or wrong. Because although I see God at work here in my own little world in the bigger picture we are going down the tubes fast! I really don't think a protest will help, just causes those people to be push away farther and farther from the truth. I think that's where we went wrong in the first place. But seeing what I'm seeing is making my insides feel sickened. I don't know Renee, what do we do? Throw ourselves down and repent for a whole nation? Repent for the times we failed to miss an opportunity, repent for being descensitized and distracted with the rest of our world. I just keep thinking in my mind of Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful then how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.
Just my "real" thoughts...
Renee Pierce said…
Tracy, I love your real thoughts, and I am so with you. I don't know the answers to your heart cries, but I am crying right along with you. I am confused, frustrated and just so longing to love like Jesus To love like He loved me when He brought me into His light. If He can love someone like me, then there is hope for everyone. The biggest most effectual change I believe we can make is to love without condemnation. We are not the judges, Even Jesus said that He didn't come to judge the world but to save it. John 3:17
So yes, love, love and keep on loving. And let God take care of the rest. I love you sister!

Tracy said…
Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. He died when we were yet sinners. What an amazing thing our Lord did for us! What love!
I'm reflecting today on John 16-17. I love to read what Jesus says to his disciples as he knows what is to come. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." and what he prays for you and for me in his last moments in his earthly body, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." He also prays "may they be brought to complete unity". Unity, love, movement as one so that the world will believe. My heart along side of yours desires that! What a beautiful picture. Let us take hold of that truth. I love you too Renee!
Aritha said…
I love your thoughts. Let us pray it shall be so as your write, worldwide.

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