Now of days we can take an unflattering photograph and alter the imperfection within the photo. We can enhance the image by removing any blemishes, darken or highlight the color pigmentation of our skin, we can reshape or redefine our bone structure, and we can even make our teeth look whiter, all with what we call today “computer enhancement”! This creates an illusion that promotes a false identity. How often have we seen a commercial on the television or an ad in a magazine of a celebrity who, in person, not quite as attractive as you perceived them to be?
It is a question I ask myself all the time. I compare this example to our society and culture today. It’s heartbreaking to realize that our lives have evolved into a culture of fake people: air brushing our lives creating false impressions towards a society that manifests themselves in artificial possessions. Meanwhile, we hide behind a disguise because we are not willing to admit our faults to others. This is a question I have pondered on now for weeks, even months, particularly more towards Christians. It can appear that many, as believers, have to hold some kind of modesty and integrity. But most of the time we can give off the impression that we are much more mature than what we really are. We’re terrified to feel vulnerable or exposed, avoiding the fact that if our true identity were to render forward, how will our friends view us? Instead, we occupy ourselves by ridiculing others on their sins and their past, or even present mistakes. We resort to pointing our figures laying out the dirty laundry of others. The word of God says in Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” The irony of this passage is that Christ was rebuking the upholders of the law. As a believer myself who defends the faith of Christianity, I have found my own heart to be bitter, dark, and selfish, and when I look into the mirror at times I do not like who I see, but I somehow believe and know that there is purpose in my life, and I am here, not by mistake, but for a divine reason.
Our society has become less empathetic, because the compassion in our hearts is committed to our own desire for personal safety and comfort. So that leads me to another question: What do we really stand for, and whose identity do we long to reveal? The book of James 5:16 shares that healing occurs when you come to the point in your walk with Christ that you cannot rid yourself from sin by masking it, but instead you need to become more accountable as a believer. When we confess our flaws and imperfection of who we really are, then little by little we become more who we were destined to be, without having to hide behind any disguise.
The truth is I AM selfish with an underdeveloped sense of love and compassion. There are times where I’ve come to a comfortable level of my spiritual existence where I feel I don’t have to face myself the way I should. It can be like cancer eating me up inside. I know and recognize this, and everyday I try to please God with my life, and I feel like everyday I fail. That doesn’t mean that I stop trying, it just gives me more of an opportunity to try again. He always shows himself strong in the weakest part of my life. But, what about you? How is your heart? Are you comfortable with the life that you choose on living? How is your compassion for others? Do you love as though you should? Are you led to action, to prayer, to help, to minister to others when they are in dying need or do you air-brush it off because to face the needs of others means that you have to face yourself?