Discover Challenge: Radical Authenticity

Radical authenticity? I would say yes, I have rarely seen this in today’s world and I have read about it in a world that existed over some 2000 years ago. If Christ wasn’t the embodiment of radical authenticity, I don’t know what this phrase means to you. If you want to find out what it brought to my mind, keep reading…

Christ not only went up against the established status quo, but he shattered the understanding that many had about their religion and faith – specifically in redefining what faith is and what Christianity became as it was founded. I think a lot about how he used shock and awe to show all people that there indeed is a God omnipotent and omnipresent Who has a deep unconditional love for all beings. In his life and death, resurrection included, Christ not only dedicated himself to loving the lowest of the low, the outcasts, and those looked down upon in society, but he taught people how to live in harmony –  to make love their law, a love unconditional and pure in heart toward every being. He died a violently tormenting death to drive his point home – God loves you unconditionally, so much so that He sent His only begotten Son to die so that you may live eternally. Your mistakes, your “sins,” your shortcomings as a human being were foreseen. You are human and not God, you are not expected to be perfect, but you are expected to love each other – period. Is that so hard to understand? Is it hard to do? Maybe sometimes, but He never said it was going to be easy. So I challenge you to be radically authentic: think about your beliefs, your faith, and what it truly means to be a follower of this faith. You will find a love for others at the heart of it. Are you really living it out? Are you being authentic in your efforts to do so?

cross at sunset
Cross and sunset

via Discover Challenge: Radical Authenticity

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