It’s been kept behind the privacy of closed doors, tucked away in boxes towards the back of closets, and even hidden behind the persona of fictitious perfection. It’s so scandalous that most Christians don’t want anyone to know its existence. In fact, most Christians will deny it even exists in their life. Do you know what it is? (Eerie pause)
It’s called sin. You heard me right. It seems as is if many Christians have a fear of admitting their faults, and instead like to put up a persona of perfection that paints a faultless image for others to see. This isn’t anything new. In fact, based on how the Bible describes the Pharisees, I assure you that this type of living has gone on for thousands of years. It’s false, and not the transparent life we are called to live as Christ-followers.
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” —1 John 1:8
It’s the belief that one is so in tune with the Spirit of God, that they themselves have no fault or sinful intentions. Some call it exponential righteousness, while others just call it what it is; Pride. Sorry, but there is no such thing as a perfect Christian, nor do I believe any of us can live a faultless and sinless life. Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t mean we are to give up on seeking righteousness. We must press on.
The weird beauty of sin is that we all share it as a common dominator. We are all in need of a perfect savior, and that alone is something to be transparent about. It’s what joins us together as a community. The NEED for a savior bonds us together as ONE. Jesus is our foundation.
Most Christians wouldn’t want you to read this, but I believe this is a pivotal truth to anyone who is searching for something more in life. The reality is that nobody is without fault—even Christians. And although we have been redeemed and forgiven by the sacrifice made on the cross, this isn’t to say we are going to live a flawless and perfect life.
I encourage you to live a life of transparency and openness. Although perfection is something we will never be able to obtain on this earth, the strive for that righteousness is what will continue to mold us into the individuals God has called us to be. If Jesus was small enough to mimic, He wouldn’t be big enough to call Lord.