"I can't breathe" were George Floyd's last words as his life was taken from him by a white man. A man who shares my skin colour. A white man crushing him with his knee while George lay there unarmed, handcuffed, and unable to help himself.
Authenticity is simply being true. You are not playing a role and you are not wearing masks. There are many reasons why leaders might hold back on telling the whole truth, being vulnerable and authentic.
There is a dance going on and pastors and church leaders need to be on the dance floor along with everyone else. Watching others dance from the sideline is not healthy. You start to get rusty and stiff and critical of the way others dance.
Who isn't interested in renewal? In second chances? New opportunities? For broken things to be restored? For things to be perfect. For life to feel like we're hitting that bullseye every single time.
The movie Avatar has a very interesting theme in the words "I see you." I see you beyond the physical person standing in front of me. I see all of you. I look beyond the shape and see your heart, your soul and your being. I acknowledge you as an entire person deserving of love and respect.