"Live authentically" has become a buzzword of sorts in Christian culture. One of those things people say because it looks good on a mug and makes for a cool hashtag. But, what does it actually mean? Lately I've been convicted of my own shortcomings surrounding true authentic living because I've been trying to represent God as a public relations agent instead of as a follower. Let's get one thing straight.
I am not God's PR agent. I am not Jesus' stylist. I am not His entourage.
God doesn't actually need any of those things. He doesn't need someone to clarify what He said in order to make Him look cool. I've been guilty of trying to do this lately—sugarcoat what God was "trying to say" so my friends want to hang out with Him.
The reality is, by taking on the role of His PR agent, I'm putting my own insecurities on Him. He certainly doesn't have any — He clearly doesn't feel the need to be liked by everyone. This is the guy who said, "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet" (Matthew 10:14) and, "...you will be hated by all nations because of me" (Matthew 24:9).
Are we called to live differently? Absolutely. We are to be a representation of Jesus for those who do not know Him. But that representation will often come with labels that are far from "cool". People are going to think that I'm weird, and people are definitely going to think that Jesus is weird. But I'm pretty sure He doesn't mind, so why should I?