What’s the Big Deal about Transparency?

It seems as if the words authentic, genuine, transparency are simply buzz words for a younger generation that love their “reality” TV shows. Is the idea of transparency merely a buzz word or is there something deeper, meaningful or even biblical in the word transparency?

God is transparent. God in His kindness has given us sixty-six books that show the character, plan and wisdom of God. God does not hide His intentions or His great plan for salvation, but rather its been recorded, preserved and passed on to generations of those seeking Him.

We are thankful that God is transparent with us revealing: how sins are forgiven, how our relationship with Him is restored and how in eternity past we were on His mind.

The Bible is transparent. From Genesis to Revelation God reveals the shortcomings of the believers in days’ gone by. How easy it would have been for God to hide the character flaws, weaknesses and sins of those recorded in Scripture. But we have a biblical record of those men and women of old that though followers of God still had major spiritual weaknesses and sinful patterns of life. Through the Bible’s transparency we are given encouragement, grace and hope that God can use us despite our foibles.

The Gospel demands transparency. God has designed the Good News to be just that – Good News. But it is only Good News to those who who are desperate for mercy and sense their need for such a Gospel. If I’m to be a recipient of the forgiveness that God offers through His Son, Jesus Christ, I must be completely transparent with my awful sin and the holiness of God. I must accept God’s substitute for me, Jesus Christ.

Grace is given when transparency is practiced.

James 4:6, 10  (6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Biblical community results from transparency. Biblical community is that sense of belonging and cause that one experiences as we draw closer to one another because of our relationship with Christ. When members of a local church put on a spiritual front so as to give the impression that they don’t struggle with sin or they don’t struggle with their spouse in marriage we don’t represent a group or community of people that are in need of grace. Rather we reveal that we are religious people who have it “all-together.” But biblical community is formed when people admit their weaknesses and find strength in God’s grace (Hebrews 12).

When our ambiguity or deceitfulness hides our sin we quietly say we are not in need of grace. Honesty and transparency says this Christian life may not be easy, but with God’s help I’m finding strength and courage to have victory over my sin. Believers are attracted to that lifestyle and God will use it in the lives of unbelievers as well.

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