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Authenticity

Today’s Reflection

PEOPLE often describe Christians as hypocrites, meaning that Christians say one thing and do another. Everyone is hypocritical to some extent (even those who call Christians hypocrites). Authenticity draws people to Jesus and the church, and people can tell from a mile away when Christians are inauthentic.

—Linda Tower Pevey
We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts

From page 11 of We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts by Linda Tower Pevey. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What does the phrase “When Christians are inauthentic” mean to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
—Acts 2:42, NRSV

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  • Julie July 10, 2019, 8:01 am

    I think we all know how to determine if anyone, Christian or not, is inauthentic. When one speaks of a belief then does or says or condones actons or words that directly oppose that belief. The action or words need not be directly in opposition to the belief, the subtle subterfuges are the most insidious becaus they leave the “believer” beleiving they have acted in accordance with the stated belief.
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  • Connie July 10, 2019, 8:34 am

    Inauthentic to me means not really caring about others, but appearing to do so. In other words, for their glory, not God’s. For “show”.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 10, 2019, 8:54 am

    Inauthentic simply means not sincere.

    Father God, help all Christians be sincere with our thoughts, words, actions and intentions.

    Blessings!

  • robert moeller July 10, 2019, 3:36 pm

    I think we all are hypocritical at some point. Sometimes it is just as an individual, sometimes as a small group, a town, a region, a state, even as country, but also within the faith community. A good example is the current situation the United Methodist Church faces trying to understand sexuality.
    This really isn’t a new issue, it has gone on since the New Testament was written. Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” And love most certainly is the core of Jesus’ teaching and practice. Yet for centuries the church has taught that loving others of the same sex is wrong. Now, the church is divided since some believe this understanding is right while others believe we’ve had it wrong all this time. Lord, help us know what is right and help us know if this understanding is crucial to being a Christian.

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    Lord.

    Had Bible study at church yesterday and we will begin studying the Book of Ephesians next week.

    This reflection didn’t come this morning, I had to search for it. Thankful to have found it. Thank you Julie, Connie, and Mary for your posts on inauthentic. I agree. Thank you Julie for your diligent prayers for the UR family. Peace be with you.
    Amen and Amen.

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    • Julie July 11, 2019, 4:11 am

      Thank you Marti for always looking out for us and for your prompt attention to this site and comment space. Prayers and blessings for you and the Upper Room team

      • Marti Williams July 11, 2019, 11:27 am

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