Christians seem to have a natural defense mechanism to avoid being judged by our peers. I call it The Holiness Facade..
If your old enough you may remember a show called The Wild Kingdom. Over its time on air it was hosted by a few different wilderness explorers who observed animals in their natural habitat. Every Sunday night millions watched the life and death struggles of predator and prey.
I consider myself to be an explorer of sorts. Instead of wild animals though I observe people. Christians are my favorite species to watch. They, just like the animals on The Wild Kingdom, can be seen each Sunday. Instead of the plains of Africa though, you can spot them at any local church.
Just as animals tend to have defense mechanisms that spring into action when attacked so do Christians. The strange thing about Christians is that when they are being attacked they tend to act as of nothing is wrong.. Other humans do this as well, but it seems to be a more prevalent issue among Christians. I believe there are some reasons for this.
Some Christians are taught they are less HOLY if they experience the same struggles those who are not Christians do.
Christians tend to lack the support structures those outside of the church have. This is probably in part to the first reason.
Sometimes Christians will tend to avoid the wounded. Either we can’t be bothered with the problems of others.
We fear we might be discarded if we appear weak or wounded.
1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.2 A man with leprosyt came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,”he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
We are all broken, and while we know this we try to act as if we weren’t. We put on a facade of holiness for our Christian friends or at church.. I most certainly have put on my holiness facade a time or two. Why do we do it? I have listed some reasons above. The main goal though is to address this as a church..
I pray that we overcome The Holiness Facade. Learn to be transparent, and that the church will learn to minister to both the churches and the unchurched.