Transparency! Now that’s an interesting word. Even more so, that the church, by and large, distance themselves from it; not only the word, but the concept altogether. Please, let me explain. First, here is a basic definition : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. Let’s think biblically now. We are called light and salt by our King:
Matt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
Matt. 5:14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matt. 5:15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
We are told in John 1:4-5, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Again , the apostle Paul states, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord” (Eph 5:1-17)
Why do pastor’s believe that their poop doesn’t stink? Why do we think that presenting our lives as being ‘pristine’, that, that is the only acceptable way of getting people to love and look up to us? Why? Is it the pastoral epistles? 1Tim. 3:2 Without reproach? Here’s the word: anepileptos (G423), lit., “that cannot be laid hold of,” (Vines) You think that this line of thinking, finds it’s thrust of thought and practice, in living transparent?
Or maybe your members will find out that you struggle to in many areas of your walk! Recently there were two brothers who came forward with deep sin issues. The one stated that he wanted to be transparent. That is our church’s (Coram Deo Assembly) view of what scripture teaches the church is to look like: Transparent and Simplistic. I stated that now that your sin is “out of darkness,” and “into light,” that God is glorified in your brotherly position; that is, living openly before the Lord confessing your sins one to another. God goes out of his way, in Holy Writ, to expose original sin and brotherly sin, and that all would learn and grow . It exposes Moses as a murderer. David as a murderer, deceiver, adulterer. How about Jonah? The long distance runner from God. What about Saul? Saul leads us to Gods masterpiece, Paul; His new creation in Christ. My point in this post is based on much of what I see in the body, by the sheep, yes; but mainly from the Shepherds. SHEPHERD THE FLOCK BY BEING SEE-THROUGH; TRANSPARENT! Stop acting like CEO’s and Shepherd your sheep, smell like your sheep, be grafted as one body. That said, stop protecting the pastors who are fleecing the very flock that Jesus died for! Matthew 18; absolutely! But correctly! James 1:22 teaches,” be doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving yourselves”; or my thoughts,’being one who knows what the word says, clearly teach it, end up deceiving yourselves and all you shake hands with’. Lastly, Pastors, don’t hide the pseudo-shepherds. Expose them! It’s time for leadership, to do just that, lead. We must decrease that He, Jesus, would increase in our transparent walks as we serve our King in this generation.