Which is more important, that our faith is true or that our faith is real? The answer, of course, is YES!  Ed Stetzer has pointed out that past generations (modernity) were asking the question “Is it true?” while emerging post-moderns are asking “Is it real?” It would be a mistake to abandon truth for the sake of authenticity.  Living an “authentic lie” (sincerely having faith in something you aren’t sure is true) is the result of this kind of thinking. It is an oxymoron to say that we can have a real faith that isn’t based on truth. Our culture (and even church-goers) are tired of the disconnect they are getting in the pulpit and from those in the pews. They are sick of the “do as I say not as I do” approach to preaching. Preachers that pound the pulpit with their fists about certain sins and then “look the other way” when they actually have been committed are not only spineless, they are teaching the people to disconnect the church from “real life.” Our faith in Jesus Christ is not only true, it is real.  This is real life!

Jesus told his disciples, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Do you see truth and reality in the statement made by Jesus? The truth that we ARE His disciples. It’s also real: they will know this truth by our love for one another. What is it going to take to finish God’s mission on earth? What is it going to take to reach all peoples for Jesus Christ? It’s going to take followers of Christ who are committed to the truth and who live out the truth in reality.