In a world of Instagram posts filled with latte art and leather-bound Bibles, where do Christians take down the filter to see things for how they truly are?

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Ceilings covered in edison bulbs, Starbucks coffee in hand, and the Bible app pulled up on every smartphone; this is what Christianity is becoming in the U.S. today.

Coffee shops throughout the metropolitan area are filled with ESV leather-bound Bibles, while the warmth the individuals feel inside is too often from the coffee alone.

Millennials sit across the wood grained-finished tables from each other, sharing the truths of the gospel, but is it really truth to them?

Being a Christian is more about fitting the bill now-a-days than truly walking the walk and living a life that glorifies Christ.

Skinny jeans, leather boots, button ups and black rim glasses fill the aisles on Sunday mornings, but we’re hesitant to open up, to get to know the individuals who hide their doubts and fears underneath their Christian shell.

We cover up our pain with a high-five, fear with a smile, and doubt with hands lifted high.

Where’s the vulnerability? Where’s the brokenness that Christ died to save us from?

We’ve put a filter on it. We see it when we look in the mirror, but fail to reveal it to others.

Social media has taught us to only present the part of ourselves that we want people to see; the perfect Instagram pictures and Christ-centered posts, fitting in a 140-character box.

This isn’t the gospel. Christ asks us to be accountable with one another, to confess our doubts and struggles and then respond with love, grace and forgiveness, not judgment and resentment.

Things won’t change as long as we continue to close ourselves off.

It’s time we take off the masks and step out of the cookie cutter molds we have boxed ourselves in, and start asking the tough questions in boldness and love, and answering in vulnerability.

By Josh Eaton

Josh Eaton is a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. He is a junior majoring in journalism at Missouri Baptist University. He enjoys leading worship as well as researching, playing and watching everything sports in his spare time.