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“Living Transparently”

Pastor Bill Hayden, Villages Community Chapel
Date Published: 
Friday, June 11, 2021

     As a youth, I would watch the weekly series of Superman and marvel at his supernatural powers I would imagine, like most kids of what I would do if I possessed his abilities.  He could bend steel with his bare hands, leap the tallest building with a single bound, run faster than a locomotive train and see though buildings with x-ray vision. Beside his breath to blow out fires, there were other super human abilities that he possessed and used to save others from danger. The only way that I could assume his character was to put a towel around my neck and run with my arms extended pretending to fly. 

     I wonder if the world would be a safer place if we all lived in transparency or if there would be more trouble in it? Transparent is defined as easily seen through, recognized or detected. Being a transparent person would require total honesty because others would be able to see or decern your motives. In essence, it would be a free society whose motivation is to live harmoniously and cooperatively together. May I say, that it would be rather “Heavenly.”

     Within our fallen nature as imperfect people, we choose to hide our real feelings and struggle with shame and self-guilt. Instead of being open and honest about who we are or how we feel about certain things, we try to conceal it. When we conceal our problems, we add layer upon layer of heartache and grief. By accepting each other’s imperfections, we can begin the process of transparency. As we try to teach our children to be honest, we also want others to be truthful and transparent. 

     Freedom requires accountability to God, yourself and others in that order to live transparently without guilt or shame. When you have made a practice of telling the truth, there is nothing to add or subtract. As the saying goes, “It is, what it is!” If we each speak and accept the truth in love, we can make the world a better place.

     John 8:31-32 NLT Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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