She's one of the hottest stars on Instagram (that's where you post pictures of yourself on the internet - for those with a lack of social media savvy like me!). The question is: Is she real? 

The BBC News site reported that people don't know whether this is a real woman who has digitally altered her image or an entirely computer generated image (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37322034). She looks pretty fake to me. 

What's interesting is that we're all faking it on Instagram. Apparently loads of people enhance and alter their images so that they look less saggy, baggy and wrinkly in the pictures they post. It presents a world that is about as realistic as the front cover of Vogue.

Most of us don't post fake pictures on Instagram, but we do give a false impression of what we're really like in the little lies that we tell day in day out. 

One of my younger children shut her brother's finger in the door this morning (not badly). Her first reaction was not to comfort the little lad but to explain how she didn't do it. When she patently did. Fortunately I have been trained in interrogation by MI5 (a vital skill for parenting) and extracted the truth from her. 

We all do it. Try to explain away what we're done and what we're like, so that we present a sanitised view of our characters. The problem is that in doing so we diminish Jesus.

If we are as righteous as we try to make out with all our little excuses, lies and self-justification, then why did he have to die for us? If our sin is so easy to explain away day by day, why did it need punishing at the cross?

Perhaps a little more honesty about what we're really like might help us to feel the wonder of God's love for us in Christ more, and help others to see why we and they so desperately need him.

1 Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

 

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