Authenticity attracts people. Anything short of that repels them. We've all been around friends, co-workers, and family members who aren't comfortable in their own skin. They put on artificial masks in order to hide their faults and failures so others fall in love with fake versions of themselves. In fact, one of the reasons you may have left church is because you met some inauthentic people. People who don’t admit their faults and failures are more likely to judge you for yours. And there is nothing more unattractive than an inauthentic Christian.
On the other hand, there is no one more attractive than those who are authentic. You can see right through them . . . but in all the right ways. As opposed to inauthentic people who hide their fears, faults, and failures, authentic people embrace them. There is something about them that is attractive. There is something about them that makes us want to be like them.
As Christians, we are called to be authentic. We’re called to be authentic in admitting we do fall short. That most days we miss the mark. It’s not just our personal standards of right and wrong but God’s standard of right and wrong. When we are authentic and admit we are sinners, we address the fact that we need a Savior.
In the same way, when we walk around campus, people want to see the real us. They don’t want us to wear masks and act like we have it all together. Rather, they want to hear our stories and who we really are. And in that way, we will have the opportunity to share how God is working in our lives.
Let us be a ministry of authenticity.