Girls Write Out
Friday, April 27, 2007
Today, at my kids' Christian school, they had Awards Chapel. Sounds like a good thing, right? But what I realized is that as Christians we are always rewarding the outside. The appearance. Remember when that pastor in Colorado fell and was found to be with a gay prostitutde and then six months later comes out, after being in some sort of rehab, saying, "I am not Gay!"

Dude, we don't care if you're gay. We care that you betrayed your family, your church, your ministry, yourself. Being gay is the least of your problems.

What happens is that we can reward those who are better at sniping and complaining privately. Who hide their sins better than others. That's why praise of the human sort doesn't mean much. My favorite Bible verse is, "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord." Proverbs 16:2

My eldest is a discerner. He sees the truth in people, and unfortunately, often sees them get praised for "acting good". That is the way of the world, but it is extra hard for a discerner, I think. Christians need to love. They need to worship. They need to live a life of truth and authenticity.

That's why Beth Moore rocks. She is real. She is open and she tries wholeheartedly to be good, but she knows her truth. May we all know our own truth. : ) Kristin
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At 3:35 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Kristen, my friend, you write awesome fiction, but your inspirational devos ROCK! Have you ever thought of writing a non-fiction on being real in the Body of Christ??

Thanks for your honesty and sincerity!!

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I agree. It's so hard to find people willing to be real including me! But it's only in realness that we can be authentic and transparent in our faith. And, yeah, Beth Moore rocks.

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger Vivian said...

Hi, Kristin, I am Vivian from Malaysia. Without plan, I picked up your novel "What a girl wants" in my local bookshop, and I just finish reading it this morning. I really enjoy reading it. It's so real and thanks for bringing the message to the Christian world. You are rock.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Deena, I don't think the world is ready for a Kristin devotional, but thanks. : ) Cara, it's very hard not to put the face on, I know, we all do it.

And YAY Vivian, I'm in Malaysia! Malaysian food is the new "in" thing here. My hairdresser lived there as a child and raves about the noodles. : ) blessings.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Kristin, I will totally buy anything you write :) LOL! Actually, I think your nonfiction would be amazingly popular. Everyone at my church is totally into that stuff. They don't live it at all but they love to read it!

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

That was so well said. I think Casting Crowns has a song that goes something like...

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls to hide our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain

Imagine how much more effective the Church could be for Christ if we were all a little less plastic?

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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