Tuesday, September 3, 2013
In the South, there is a huge propensity for facades. The appearance of something is more important than what actually is. Keeping a favorable image at the expense of being real makes it hard for one to embrace authenticity as a core value. We smile in the face of another, kiss them on the cheek and say, "Bless your heart" while reviling them in our thoughts.
As Kingdom believers living in the South, it's time to be intentional about pulling down this cultural stronghold. First and foremost within ourselves and secondly, in our communities and regions we live in. Let's go in the opposite spirit and embrace vulnerability and transparency. It's time to show the world what it's like to live a "nothing hidden" life and still love well and live free.
Your church isn't better than my church. Your ministry isn't better than my ministry. Comparing ourselves only indicates how much of an orphan spirit we still embrace. Let's throw the superlatives out the window. We are all THE church. We are all on the same team going after the same thing - to see His Kingdom come. We are all ministers with a unique to you expression of God's nature. In Christ, I no longer have to compete or compare. I no longer have to pretend. I have the freedom to simply be.
It's time to come out of agreement with the ungodly and unhealthy influences of the South. It's time to fully embrace Kingdom culture as a lifestyle not just a theology.
What would it be like to see the South fully turn its heart to a loving Father, because we who are sons and daughters would choose to be? It's time to live naked and unashamed embracing peace and love. In this place, at one with God, at one with ourselves, at one with each other, we will find unity.
Ps. 133:1,3 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ...For there the Lord commanded the blessing - life forever.