RENEWAL Devotional: Can Christians be two faced?
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans, “I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”(Romans 7:18)
As long as we are on this earth, we will have this struggle. It can be difficult to do the right thing. As a result, some of us develop different faces, or identities, for different situations. We go to church on Sunday, and we put on a good show. We hide behind masks and tell everyone we know that everything is fine.
Too many Christians are one way at church and another way at home. When we put on different faces depending on who we are with, our life quickly becomes insincere as well as complicated. It’s hard to keep track of which face we put on where. If we are honest with ourselves, we can begin to answer the question of why we felt compelled to portray ourselves one way in public, say at church, and then another way in private. Is it that we want people to think that we have everything under control all the time? Are we setting unrealistic expectations for our life? Are we afraid of the judgment of others? We all struggle with doing the right thing and with being true to who we are no matter who we are around.
Christ gives us hope when He tells us in John 16:33,” These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”