What do you hide behind?

When we say we need “deeper teaching” of the Word, we really are copping out of simple application of what we already know!

We all hide. In fact, sometimes it is a very healthy and necessary thing to hide. Other times, it is lethal to our soul and wellbeing. Some familiar things I use to hide from you and others are facility with theological lingo, use of “christianese” and employment of holy-looking activity.

It is much easier to look at a passage of scripture and tear apart Greek words than it is to read a chapter in plain English. The latter means I simply listen. I easily hide behind knowledge. I cloak myself with the theoretical and philosophical noise, drowning out clarity. It is a comfort compared to the medicinal sting of practical spiritual application and wisdom. I truly loathe that I can default to this when I wish to.

What do you hide behind?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

15 comments

  1. I tend to hide behind my skill. I can play piano or guitar fantastically and lead worship well but if I use that to mask the fact that I’ve been spiritually bankrupt during the week – it’s not good news.

    1. Ryan, it may not be good news. But, hopefully some openness about these things will help us lead better and be better as people.

  2. I tend to hide behind my skill. I can play piano or guitar fantastically and lead worship well but if I use that to mask the fact that I’ve been spiritually bankrupt during the week – it’s not good news.

    1. Ryan, it may not be good news. But, hopefully some openness about these things will help us lead better and be better as people.

  3. I tend to hide behind my skill. I can play piano or guitar fantastically and lead worship well but if I use that to mask the fact that I’ve been spiritually bankrupt during the week – it’s not good news.

    1. Ryan, it may not be good news. But, hopefully some openness about these things will help us lead better and be better as people.

  4. I tend to hide behind my skill. I can play piano or guitar fantastically and lead worship well but if I use that to mask the fact that I’ve been spiritually bankrupt during the week – it’s not good news.

    1. Ryan, it may not be good news. But, hopefully some openness about these things will help us lead better and be better as people.

  5. I tend to hide behind my skill. I can play piano or guitar fantastically and lead worship well but if I use that to mask the fact that I’ve been spiritually bankrupt during the week – it’s not good news.

    1. Ryan, it may not be good news. But, hopefully some openness about these things will help us lead better and be better as people.

  6. Could it be that I hide behind my organizational gifts? The fact that I’m so disciplined that sometimes things can get mechanical rather then spiritual?

  7. Could it be that I hide behind my organizational gifts? The fact that I’m so disciplined that sometimes things can get mechanical rather then spiritual?

  8. Could it be that I hide behind my organizational gifts? The fact that I’m so disciplined that sometimes things can get mechanical rather then spiritual?

  9. Could it be that I hide behind my organizational gifts? The fact that I’m so disciplined that sometimes things can get mechanical rather then spiritual?

  10. Could it be that I hide behind my organizational gifts? The fact that I’m so disciplined that sometimes things can get mechanical rather then spiritual?

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