A Christian Culture of Honesty

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In a recent interview I asked Dr. George O. Wood, General Supt. of The Assemblies of God in the U.S., what churches could do to help depressed people. He said this: “we need to develop a culture of honesty in our churches.” At first read, his statement may seem strange. If honesty can’t be found in church then where can it be found?

Sadly, many churches prefer the appearances of Christianity more than true godliness. What happens when people can’t keep up appearances? They often drop out of the faith life. When hard times come, and they do for most, quitting becomes easier than honesty.

In some circles, it’s expected that Christians dress well, be successful in their careers, have good health and be physically fit. The thinking goes that they are representing the King of Kings and nothing less than perfection will do. One Christian university used to turn away overweight students. Their goal was to impress the world with a parade of “perfect” young people. Truth? We’re a motley crew of strugglers. We face the same hardships and frustrations as everyone else.

Keeping up the appearance of somebody’s idea of the successful Christian can be a dishonest business. Church should be a place where we can be honest about our needs and receive prayer and support.

We know about Moses’ anger, David’s discouragement, Timothy’s nervousness because these Bible writers wrote honestly about their dark times, as well as their joys. Dr. Wood’s honesty about his battle with depression encourages others to admit their struggles.

Let’s put away phoniness and strive for honesty, not only as it pertains to depression, but in every area of life.

Lord, I’m guilty of hiding my heartaches because I fear condemnation. Forgive me for caring about my pride more than I care about being real. Help me to develop honesty, first with you, and also with others.

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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9 Responses to A Christian Culture of Honesty

  1. vanyieck says:

    I’d agree with your post, but that would mean admitting that I’m flawed in some way. That certainly wouldn’t do! 😉

  2. Darlene says:

    So insightful Rose, you are spot on!

  3. Miriam says:

    How true this is. We could be much better ambassadors for Jesus if we were honest with ourselves & others, me included.
    Thank you Rose for this article.
    Miriam

  4. Bonnie Armstrong says:

    A BIG AMEN Sister. Love Bonnie

  5. Mary says:

    Oh my gosh, Rose, this is awesome! So dead on! I hope everyone who reads it takes it to heart and passes it on.

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