One of the "things" that I have been thinking about is the perception of the believer. Not what they perceive of themselves but what others perceive around them. One of the reasons I have been thinking about this is the blogging that my wife and her friend Jenny have been doing. If you were to look back on all the blogs that they have typed, you would see, that they were brutally honest with themselves and you could trace not only the wrongs done to them but maybe areas where they have gone wrong themselves. That is what brings me to my present thoughts of perception.
No one, from reading their posts, would have the perception that they had a perfect childhood. The past is layed out in front of you. You see what they had to go through. However, you also see the strength that they have gained from their trials and their ability to overcome, even though it was one step at a time, all of them.
This is what brings me to the perception of believers. I think that a vast majority of believers would not want their (true) lives posted on a blog. Not censored! If you would be honest with yourself, you might realize what I am talking about here. Perception of people is a huge contributor to what we do. Sometimes what we eat, wear our hair, our clothes, what music we listen to. It becons back to elementary school where we are taught about peer pressure.
My view is that the perception of the believer is taught wrong in a majority of our churches. We are taught that the Christian is to be good. That is true but it is taught in such a way that we eliminate all the bad things in our past and censor what we let people know so that we can "look good".
Looking good and being good are two different things. More on this later.