Most everyone wants to be “real” and being “fake” is frowned upon. Continuing in the fad of honesty, some have even become transparent in which they share highly confidential information openly. “Realness” is associated with the willingness and or act of saying what others think/feel, and in many cases sheds light on the lack of temperament, tact, or wisdom of a person. As with all else, this outlook has leaked into the Christian subculture causing saints to “keep it real” or become “transparent.”
Please don’t misunderstand: honesty is a very important characteristic and as Christians we should practice such. However, we should also practice temperance; hence, I would like to pose a question: “where exactly should we [Christians] draw the line with keepin’ it ‘100’?” One more question: “should there be a line drawn?”
The beautiful thing about churches is the array of personalities in Christ. There are some Christians that will stand up and share everything leaving some saints whispering that perhaps “that testimony” should have been taken to the grave, while other Christians are so self-contained that the foolish could assume these types of Christians had nothing they had to be saved from. Perhaps it’s just me but there are just some things you don’t tell-unless God says otherwise of course. That’s one facet of keeping it 100.
Second Facet: Communication with our brothers and sisters. We should be honest even in instances that being dishonest or not sharing at all would be more beneficial. But we should also practice wisdom in how we speak… our tongues can be very wounding for lack of a better word. All in all, I’m not saying keepin’ it 100 is a bad thing, I’m simply expressing that our mouths can be something else so unlike the world, we should also practice wisdom and temperance when were keepin’ it 100. –Peep James 3
Grace and Peace,