Don’t be Plastic

I’m fake, I’ve been fake and im fed up. For the past couple months I have been so busy doing God’s work that I left my relationship with Him on the back burner. Ironic eh? I think so. Anytime a person asks me “How are you?? or “How are you and God doing?? I always replied “I’m great” or “we are doing good” or another long list of fake manufactured answered. Sound familiar? It wasn’t until recently that I realized what I was doing to myself and others. Essentially, I was lying to everyone, and by doing so I was cutting off the healing process. Many of these people could have been just the remedy, encouragement, or word that I needed to get out of my funk. Because I chose to lie about it, I cut them and God off from helping me get out of it. God will not force me to heal things, that’s my job.

As Christians we all fight the flesh. That could mean tons of things, drugs, lying, cheating, drinking, lust whatever. These are all things that make us feel ashamed, we feel dirty and alone. We tell ourselves that so much that we begin to believe it. I can imagine satan laughing every time we believe this lie, the Bible says ALL have fallen short of the glory of God. NOT JUST YOU OR I! When we keep this stuff to ourselves we give satan a foothold to keep us back in our faith. I know that’s what it has been for me. How am I supposed to have a relationship with a God that I rarely talk to or learn about? Think of it this way. How could your relationship with that special boy or girl grow if you rarely talked or learned about each other? I would say not very long. It is easy to say outwardly that we are doing good, but it is completely different for that to be true. The Pharisees saw themselves as pretty perfect and Jesus said “your hearts are far from me? OUCH! How true has that been for me.

Why are we so ashamed to let people see who we really are? Jesus wasn’t. Remember we serve a master who showed His anger, showed His pain, His love, His need to be alone, His struggles. Shouldn’t we be willing to do so as well? People will not always be attracted to us because we appear to be perfect and care free. A lot of times they be turned off and we will be seen as fake. Think of some of the T.V. preachers on TBN or something of that nature, they seem so fake sometimes, like nothing is wrong, they are happy all time. Not saying they are lying, but I know I am often cynical about them, it seems likely that a lot of people could view me that way sometimes, and I don’t make it very difficult to do so. Let people be attracted to us by our love for them, our brokenness, our struggles our victories, our joys our pain. Don’t be a fa?ade.

Break out of this mold
The world tries to put us in this little mold that keeps us still. It is very hard to keep on keeping on. We get into that place where it is so much easier to give the manufactured answers and stay still then to challenge ourselves, progress and learn. I for one am sick of it. I want to be someone that “hears the word of God and obeys it? Luke 11:28. If for no other reason but to thank Christ for the gift of everlasting life. It is rarely going to be an easy process. Sometimes it is going to cause you to hurt a lot of people, or to make yourself look bad, who knows it could get to the point of people inflicting pain on you. But we are talking about representing the God of the universe, I think that is an end that justifies the means. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Now I am not saying God is going to give you money or anything like that, though He could if it was in His will. But God has awesome plans for you, He has plans for me and I am excited to figure out what they are. He will take care of us, provide for us, be our strength in weakness. A major step of the road to recovery from this Plastic Christianity we have been stuck in for so long is easier than you think. Simply confess your Sins. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man (woman) is powerful and effective. ” James 5:16. With confession and repentance comes healing it is as simple as that.

So since I learned all this have I actually applied it to my life and started making a change. I admit I am a work in progress but I will say a confident “Yes Mam!” Whenever people ask me how I am doing I say “great! ” actually I’m kinda stressed? or “Good ” but I am going through some tough stuff right now? etc etc. I still start off with the fake response but I back it up with the truth, and I working on that becoming my initial response. As far as spending time in the word, last night I didn’t but the night before I did for an hour and 15 minutes which is really good for me. So yes a work in progress but this plastic Christian is out of his mold and ready to take on the world!

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.