If the muses smiled on me at this moment, I would channel Jane Austen. A masterful refutation of empty societies built on the appearance of virtue... Sadly, the muses and I are not on good terms, so we will have to make do with a heavy-handed tub-thumping ramble. Soon we will come to the obvious, yet avoided, conclusions that we cannot live in a community that props up a false self. Encouraging others to hide their faults, through silence and vilification, leaves us with a self-destructive community living in constant mistrust. All too often I see a Christian world that mirrors and glorifies the kind of society that Austen hated, a society that we should hate. Living to hate and fear our friends, our family, our church, our selves…what madness is this? Christians, a gaggle of wretched hypocrites, oh how do you want to be good and endlessly deny the world around you and your fallen nature? We are sinful, we are not perfect, but this is part of what humans are in this fallen world. So we have built this society, a society that can be solved through truth.
Christians, speaking truth to other Christians is more than just important; it is vital to being a Christian. If you are worried about offending them, then…well you should have read my last article. If one is properly offended then you are on the right track. However, we must speak truthfully about ourselves as well. As I’ve said, we are sinful, it’s kind of our thing. When we let ourselves believe that we should hide our sinful nature from other Christians or that we should avoid the sinful nature of other Christians, we lie to ourselves. We all hold that humanity sins, it’s kind of important to the whole needing Jesus thing, it is, dare I say, the crux of our situation in the Christian world view. Simply live honestly, we all struggle. So perhaps, now bear with me, we create a community that allows for us to sin, but then offers mutual support that leads to conviction that can then be used to better ourselves. If, of course, you wish to hide behind some eloquent veil of falsehood that portrays some semblance of righteous moral character drawing on the failures of others to make one’s self appear ever so better in contrast, well I can’t stop you.
P.S. If at any point in this article you found the use of Austen as an example of ridiculing a vacuous society that thrived on appearance above all to be confusing, read the book again; you didn’t get it.
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