Finally Free

randomlychad  —  July 26, 2012 — 11 Comments

Today, my friend Larry Carter, posted a brilliant piece on being a “dangerous Christian blogger.” In it, he discusses what it means to be dangerous, and gives Jon Acuff as example of dangerous.

Jon is apparently dangerous because he lovingly polks fun at the funny things we do in the name of Christ via satire.

Larry mentions that good satire is hard to do. This is true–I’ve tried a time, or two, and have fallen flat on my proboscisly–enhanced face. Because satire is not my forte.

If I’m at all honest, I’ve tried more times than I care to admit to be (like):

Jon Acuff

Bryan Allain

Paul Johnson (the Good Greatsby)

And others

Problem is, the world being neither wants, nor needs, any more of these fine men. Because it, and God, only require one thing: that I be me.

And only one thing of you, too:

Authenticity.

The funny thing about that, being the opposite side of the proverbial coin, is that authenticity shares one thing in common with posturing:

It’s off-putting. It’s threatening.

Oh, not to those who are looking for it–no, for them it resonates, it’s a cold drink on a hot day.

But it’s threatening to the establishment, to the structures which thrive on rules. If there is one that’s surprised me the most since becoming a Christian, it’s how threatened the establishment is by simple truth.

By authenticity.

And that plasticity suffocates. We wonder why the younger generation has no interest in the church–it’s because we’re so afraid to get real.

Cookie cutter Christianity does no favors for anyone. We need to ask ourselves:

“Are we winning people to our point(s) of view, or winning souls to Christ?” We need to take a good, hard, long look at what we’re about.

Are we being real who God called each of us to be, are we copying someone else, or God forbid are we doing something because “That’s the way it’s always been done?”

If asking these questions makes me a dangerous Christian blogger, then so be it–I’ll be dangerous.

But only because it flows out from within, from who I am inside. Know this though: I don’t claim such a name for myself–I don’t feel dangerous.

In fact, don’t call me dangerous–because I just feel like me. But if that’s dangerous, then so be it–I embrace it.

Because when I’m not trying be someone else, I’m finally free. Free to be the best me I can be. In the immortal words of Forrest Gump: “dangerous is as dangerous does.”

How about you? Are you dangerous? Are you free? Free to be the you God made you to be?

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  • Thanks for the shout out and further explanation of what I am trying to say. Love your take, partner.

    • Thanks, Larry! You definitely inspired me.

  • I feel pretty free to be me on my blog. I think I’ve found my voice. I don’t know if I’m dangerous but I like to make people laugh and think.

    • Two very good and noble things, Rob! People need to a whole lot more laughing and thinking.

      Btw, you’re rubbing off on me--I’ve found myself using “Robisms:” fat clue & gag nasty. So thanks for that! 🙂

  • Good stuff. The more I talk with Jon about this, the more I’m convinced the secret to doing satire well is to have an amazing filter in place. Be it a wife or friend or several friends, some how Jon finds away to usually not offend (at least me).

    I think part of it is having a certain type of sense of humor and being transparent as well. I’m SURE Jon has offended some. No matter what we say or do, we are offending some. I’m okay with that honestly.

    • True, Jim--we’re not gonna please everyone. I’m okay with that, too.

      But I do try to balance that with sensitivity. Like when someone is trust said that what I put up yesterday was insensitive, I took it down.

  • Being real is definitely dangerous. Even when we try to do it without attacking, people still get angry. After my “Leaving The Church” series earlier this year I was fired from writing for a prestigious mommy blog run by a pastor’s wife. I’m not going to lie, it hurt my feelings and ticked me off.

    • I’m sorry to hear that, Jessica. But it’s better to be real, and accept the consequences, than keeping faking it to fit someone’s expectations.

  • It’s sad that authenticity is seen as dangerous. I hope that as the church grows and matures that we become more like Jesus rather than continue to be like the Pharisees of long ago.