Be Real, Christians..Then You Can Be Real Christians

Pete Wilson has written about a topic that has been incubating in my brain for years. But he has finally birthed the thought and started a discussion around the Internet that, I believe, is affecting many lives.

How many people can relate to the title of his book: Plan B, What To Do When God Doesn’t Show Up The Way You Thought He Would?

I recommend this book to those who ask the tough question, who struggle with doubt, and who can’t make sense of a God who loves us yet allows pain and suffering.

This book has caused me to fill my journal with blog ideas..ideas I plan on developing later.

Below is an excerpt that has validated my view that ‘real Christians should be real’. Honesty is more attractive, and having unanswered questions is actually more compelling to the unbeliever than faking it and acting like we’ve got it all figured out.

Challenge yourself to think about that. Yes, we all know “THE answer”..but just be real about the difficulty we all have at the reality of making ‘Jesus’ the answer to every question.

“Perhaps you thought when you became a Christian you would have all the answers to life’s difficulties. But here is a reality check and, hopefully, a pressure release for you. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you know how to respond to everything that comes your way. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have all the answers!

I’m so frustrated with the version of Christianity where we actually think our theology can fit onto a bumper sticker, a T-shirt, or a bracelet. Reality just isn’t that simple. The reality is:

-Christians often have more questions than answers.
-Sometimes we lack the faith that gives us sustained hope.
-Even though we know God is with us, sometimes we feel utterly and completely alone.
-Even though we believe, we doubt.
-And even when we suspect God knows what he is doing, we really don’t want to do things his way.”

So, whattya think, yall?
I’m dying to hear your perspective..

Will being real and honest make your life healthier?
Will it lead to other being real and honest, too?
Is this a revolution?

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  • Evan Posey

    Peter-

    Your words have sparked some interesting conversations here at work. I suppose that’s the point: Getting believers to think seriously about their faith and how it is worked out in the “real” world.

    Do you think that God’s word does not give us an answer to our hardest questions? Or, do you think that maybe it’s that we are not satisfied with the answer we get?

    Ryan’s example seems to be a perfect one(See post above). It’s not that the disciples didn’t have an answer. If they asked, “why didn’t God show up”, its because thy weren’t really listening to Jesus all along. Jesus informed them several times of his death, burial and resurrection. It is simply that the disciples in some cases were clueless and in Peter’s case refused to accept the truth. Does this translate to our life? Could it be that there are answers to life’s hardest questions and we have access to them. Could it be that the truth is we are no longer satisfied with the answer.

    Love tossing around these ideas with ya,

    Evan

  • This book sounds like a great read, I’ll have to check it out. One of my favorite things as a believer is that for me to know the answer to life’s difficult questions is to know that I don’t know the answer, only He does. That helps me to rationalize that I’m not an idiot as I respond “I don’t know” many times a day. What I hear students ask most is “why is God allowing this to happen to me?”. They wonder why God hasn’t showed up. Heck, if you could go back and talk to the disciples when Jesus was being taken from them, they probably would have been asking God why he didn’t show up; but God was actually doing some of His greatest work in the midst of what they thought was failure. Well…I look like a failure, feel like a failure, and act like a failure; so I’m excited to see what He does with me! God bless. Can’t wait to read this book.

  • Jimmy Rogers

    Alright, Trey. My interest has peaked. I’ll have to get a copy, so I’m actually speaking in context with what I know Pete is saying, not what I think I know. I told you I needed a nap.

    When it comes to faith and what people think they should expect from God in this world I always default to the 11th chapter of Hebrews. We don’t know what God will give or what He will withhold. Or, what He’ll take away; if we’ll prosper or be killed. We just hold on to Jesus as tightly as we can and know that to die is gain. That’s all I was trying to say earlier.

    Maybe the trip to Pacho’s removed the edge!

    • Jimmy Rogers

      Maybe my problem was that Christians would think that it was their job to come up with a “Plan A” in the first place. I’m looking forward to the book.

  • Evan Posey

    Trey-

    How do you think Wilson might respond to 1 Peter 3:15-16? What are your thoughts on this verse? Does authenticity in our faith and a reasoned answer for our faith have to be pitted against each other? It seems he is painting an either/or picture rather than a both/and. Heck, maybe that’s exactly his point. Just shooting from the hip. Maybe I’m taking it out of context.

    Blessings,

    Evan

    • Hey Evan. Great question. I don’t think my thoughts are contrary to 1 Peter at all. That particular section of the book talks about how we don’t always have easy explanations to the crisis that we go through. Even our best, most well thought out theology doesn’t always answer these questions.

      I don’t think it’s by accident that God’s Word doesn’t give us all of these answers. It’s part of what faith is all about. Trusting even in the midst of our darkness and questions.

      I think you’re right on with your point: it’s a both/and.

      • Evan Posey

        Sorry, I meant Pete in my greeting. Believe it or not I’ve been talking about these things with a buddy named Peter.

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