The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s 19th century satire poked fun at the human tendency to pretend that we are things we are not. Even Christians put on airs, trying to convince the world that everything in life is fine and dandy when sometimes it is not. But pretending to have all the answers, pretending to have a life free of troubles, pretending that “it’s all good” when, sometimes, it’s not all good – a lack of authenticity deprives us of the abundant life Jesus wants for us and makes us difficult to relate to for non-Christians.
Last Wednesday night I had the opportunity to share my testimony – a fancy Christian word referring to God’s story of good work in my life – with about 600 college students at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Jesus told us to let our light shine before others, so that’s what I’m trying to do here. And it turns out that authentic, earnest, vulnerable Christians played a central role in my story. I hope you’ll listen.