Are you true to yourself before others?
September 20, 2006 § 12 Comments
In this post, pifactorial brings up the very much valid point that we as humans have a tendancy to compartmentalize who we are. By hiding parts of ourselves to certain people, we end up giving the impression that we believe other than what is truly in our hearts. Whether intentional or unintentional, Pi has challenged everyone to “unmask” if you will.
It’s really a very good idea, you know, to be honest with yourself as well as with everyone you know. It’s a policy I have tried to stick by for as far back as I can remember. Those of you who have classes with me are probably realizing by now that keeping silent when I disagree is not one of my strong suits.
Now, that’s not to say that there isn’t wisdom in holding one’s tongue. Being slow to speak, and not laying all the cards on the table right up front is a valuable skill. It’s all about appropriateness.
That being said, this concept of “Christian pride” and purposing to “go out there and tell folks I’m a Christan– darn the consequences!” is a two-way street. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and everyone is free to express them (here in LJ-land for our purposes, we will pretend that is a universally held belief.) So, while it may be liberating and freeing for some on my flist to make these categorical statements about themselves, all that is really being done is for folks to be encouraged to state their beliefs, no matter what that belief is. No, that’s not a bad thing, but it isn’t really a good thing either. It’s just someting people are doing, like any other meme.
The question of effecting change in one’s world and having an impact is when we stop just stating our beliefs, and start living them. When our beliefs begin to actually impact other people. When battle lines are in the dirt, and not just metaphorical. What one chooses to believe is completely irrelavant in the light of what they do with it. You can trumpet your Christian pride all you want, but if you aren’t walking like Jesus walked or following His commands, or LOVING like He loved, you are just a sounding gong, and all your brave “This is me, world, love it or leave it!” is nothing more than whistling into the wind. If folks have known you for any length of time and are shocked to discover you are a Christian, maybe your beliefs and actions aren’t lining up.
This is not to say that I am walking the walk perfectly myself or that I have gotten my beliefs and my actions perfectly in line. Nor am I accusing anyone specifically here of not doing so. I’m just saying, before we all start shouting to the world what we believe, or don’t believe, let’s examine ourselves and ask, “What do I do?” and further “What am I willing to do?”