In movies, they use these things called green screens that they can stand an actor in front of and in postproduction can make the screen behind them anything they want to. Think Avatar or weather men. Any fantasy you want can be put into the screen behind you. I am not really into the whole CGI and green screen craze that is happening in movies right now; I enjoy something that I know is real and not computer animated.
I am glad that our lives are not portrayed with us in front of a green screen, because if I could make it be anything I wanted to, my life would certainly look a lot different. However, I think as Christians we do live a green screen life, we stand in front of a grand scene where everything is magical and fine, but our realities are anything but spectacular. What I mean is, we are really good at faking that our lives are okay, that we have it all together, that life is breathtaking. We are portraying out lives as a captivating movie with a happy ending but we are actually hurting on the inside.
At what point did we as Christians decide to act like we have it all together? At what point did we turn in our community card to become individuals? Where in the Bible does it say that you are supposed to isolate yourself and fix your own pain, heartache, worry, and troubles? At what point did God decide Adam needed Eve?
We are not made physically, spiritually, or mentally to be alone. It is in our DNA to need community, so why then do we act like Mr. Lone Ranger Cowboy Desperado Guy and think we can handle our own mess?
This week, I have talked a lot about getting rest and being able to properly release your stress and anxiety, but the most important key to doing all of that is to quit acting like you have it all together. Once we all come out of hiding and fear, we will realize that we have only feared the very things that should be bringing us together as believers. We hide in the bushes thinking that if anyone knew our junk then we would be laughed at or judged, but what we all don’t understand is that we are all in this together, that we are all stupid, we are all sinners, and we all sin the same way! Jesus came to deliver us from the need to hide in the bushes. Jesus didn’t die so we could ascend into Heaven one day, Jesus died so that we could experience Heaven here on earth. He died so that we could be free from our sins, but yet we still hold on to them.
Stop pretending, be honest with yourself and be honest with the ones you love. We need to quit acting in front of a green screen and start living in front of our community.