Taking off our “Happy Faces” at church

fake smileIt’s Sunday, time to put on our ‘happy church face’, but the pastoral staff will be the first to admit there are plenty of tears during the week. What would happen if church were the one place you could share your struggles, fears and joys? What if church life could be lived out in high definition?Studies show there is definitely a disconnect between what Christians say they do and what really goes on behind closed doors. According to a 2007 study of lifestyle choices among active Christian believers, just as many believers as nonbelievers were likely to: bet or gamble, visit a pornographic website, take something that did not belong to them, consult a medium or psychic, physically fight or abuse someone, consume enough alcohol to be considered legally drunk, have used an illegal or non-prescriptive drug, said something to someone that was not true, gotten back at someone for something he or she did and said mean things behind another person’s back. 1

Although one may question the moral dilemma of living out these types of behaviors, perhaps even more disconcerting is the pretence of ‘holy living,’ while propagating a facade. Shouldn’t church be the one place where we can ‘keep it real’

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