by Kathleen Whitten
We have perfected the art of fake. Today we are able to produce a realistic counterfeit of almost anything, and the average person cannot tell the difference. There’s fake money, fake furs, fake fruit, fake flowers, fake cheese, fake fireplaces, and even fake people. We admire pictures of airbrushed models, mass produce cubic zirconias, and view digitally simulated computer games and movies that look more real than reality.
Face it - we’re surrounded by fake. But here’s the deal:
What are the most popular shows on television today? Reality shows. Although a poor counterfeit for real life, these shows aim to fill a void in our search for the authentic. People today are longing for authentic: authentic relationships, authentic friendships, authentic love, and most especially authentic faith.
The growing dissatisfaction of fake in our society is causing a deep spiritual hunger for real. And people are asking: What is real? What is eternal? Who is God? What is Truth? Consequently religious broadcasting is the fastest growing area. And our books, websites, TV shows, and radio broadcasts are teeming with “spiritual truths.” Honestly, with so many interpretations, variations, and perspectives on spiritual matters, most of us are on spiritual information overload. But the question remains: Where do we find authentic faith?
Here’s a clue: authentic faith is not found in a program, another person, a denomination, a philosophy, an opinion, an experience, a circumstance, or even in yourself.
Authentic faith was before all those things and will be here long after. People change, programs change, ideologies change, philosophies change, experiences change, circumstances change, and even you change. But truth does not change. Truth is authentic. Real Eternal.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
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