Tension: Raw vs. Refined
Tension: 1) The act or process of stretching something tight. 2) The interplay of conflicting elements.
Is it possible to package authenticity?
Can you manufacture a sense of honesty?
Do excellence and realness ever really happen at the same time?
Why do so many church leader types seem so plastic?
Ever been to one of those churches with the “shiny happy singers”? You know the ones . . . at the beginning of the service they come walking from backstage and sing some upbeat ditty about how life is so much easier with Jesus. They are wearing coordinated outfits and nail every line of the song perfectly . . . as they reference the video monitors on the floor with the lyrics.
Why does that make me want to throw up just a little bit in my mouth?
Have you ever been to a church service where the pastor dude walks up at the appointed time for his message . . . glances from one side to the other . . . put’s down his notes and says “I’m not going to use the message that I prepared this week because I think I need to say something else.”
Why is it in those moments I’m kinda fearful of what happens next?
There is an inherent tension that we live in between being raw and authentic while at the same time wanting to maximize the gifts God has given us. Holding these two tensions is not easy. Raw vs. Refined. Authentic vs. Polished. Real vs. Idealized Vision. Now vs. Not Yet.
Jumping head long in either direction and not feeling this tension is a disaster.
How are you living in this tension? What side of this equation do you feel that your community naturally errs on? Leave some comments now!