Many computer programs allow people to alter photographs in most any way imaginable. Faces can be made to look older or younger. Blemishes can be removed. Hair color can be changed.
We can become anyone we choose, although the portrayal may not be quite truthful.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, do you present a façade of being all put together, like your life is free from troubles and worries?
If you “Photoshop” your Christian image into one of near perfection, I would venture to say you are doing yourself, other people around you, and our Lord a grave disservice.
To not acknowledge challenges and difficulties in your life does you a disservice because it presents an untruthful picture of who you really are.
To not acknowledge challenges and difficulties in your life does others a disservice because it makes you unapproachable to those who do have those things.
To not acknowledge challenges and difficulties in your life does a disservice to our Lord because it presents a false picture of what our Lord does in life. Our Lord does not alter a person’s life so problems never come. He helps people get through them.
We Christians are called to an authentic faith – and that includes appropriately sharing our weaknesses, challenges and difficulties.
Be sure to be real. Be honest. Be truthful. Warts and all.
Then, give God the glory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.