Here’s a question I’ve just started pondering and I’m wondering if anyone else has been thinking about it. When did Christians begin to celebrate failure? I’m going to try to explain what I mean, but I admit I’m still thinking about this so these are some very disjointed thoughts.
Christians Celebrating Failure, Sin, and Lack of Faith
There is a proliferation of blogs and books that almost seem to celebrate the airing of failure, sin, and lack of faith. Books no longer point to excellence, spiritual growth, and serving God more faithfully but seem to dwell on the negatives.
What is the difference between “authenticity” and wallowing in failure, doubt, and sin?
I’m not talking about promoting perfect Christianity or legalism. I’m not talking about putting on a happy face and sucking it up even when you feel like you are dying inside. But it seems like the church has become enthralled with some idea of “authenticity” (whatever that means) that borders on… I don’t know. That’s why I’m thinking out loud here.
Does anyone know what I mean?
Believe me, I understand the whole idea of reading to know we aren’t alone. But it seems like a significant portion of the church is consistently crossing a line that makes it… Something.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? (Or should I insert crickets chirping here? LOL!)
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