When Fake Recognises REAL
Every day we hear it, we read it in posts on Twitter and Facebook. “Real recognise Real” is a phrase that is coined by one appreciating the work of another while at the same time not downplaying their own noteworthy contribution in the same or similar area.
When two fakes meet:
In his own eyes, fake is real. More than often even the realest. Thus when you bring two fakes together they’ll also coin the phrase “Real recognise real” not recognising the absence of real in this instance. The sons of Eli, Hophnei and Phenias most definitely viewed themselves and each other as real, thus their inability to reform when corrected. Walking on the wrong path has a blinding effect. One can no longer look beyond oneself, thus in their own eyes they are always right.
Real doesn’t always recognise real:
I have seen countless posts on social media networks as well as videos of Christians criticising other Christians. This is usually a case of one “REAL” Christian speaking out because he feels he has identified a “FAKE” Christian. What we often forget is the fact that walking on the wrong road does not make you a “FAKE” Christian, more than often it reaffirms the fact that we are actually human beings, flesh and blood that is not perfect. What I’ve always found queer is that the ones that criticise others seem to forget that they too are not perfect. I am always pleased to see us as a body of Christ identifying and alerting one another to our short-coming. I for one would not be pleased if I were to find out that I have been walking the wrong way while others who could see this did not say anything, we ought to be one another’s keeper. However what I do not usually approve is the methods that we use to reach those we see walking off course. People post on the social media for the whole world to see. Once this is done room for dialogue is closed thus one person here is pushed away. Correction should always be in private. Nowadays I see of lot of believers who behave the same way that the Pharisee did in the story of the Pharisee and tax collector.
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
John the Baptist had recognised Christ even before his birth. The bible says while he was still in the womb he was excited at the presence of the mother who carried Christ.
Luke 1:41: And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
None of us can say John the Baptist was not “REAL”, he was as real as it gets. He baptised Christ, he honoured him with his mouth. He paved the way for Christ. Yet in the darkest of hours the man who had always recognised the REALNESS of the Messiah sent a messenger to confirm this realness.
Luke 7:18: 18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another? ‘” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Just because you do not recognise their realness does not mean that they are not real. The bible teaches us to identify these people by their fruits, which is why Jesus instructed John’s messengers to go and tell him what they had seen
Real can be enlightened by Fake:
Nicodemus was part of the religious elite of his time. Man of authority. Man whose words were always accepted by most as fact when it came to spiritual things. In the eyes of most, Nicodemus was real and Christ was fake. I mean Nicodemus spent his time with “righteous” men like Capphais the high priest while Jesus spent his time with “wicked” men like Zaccheus. However the bible speaks of a time when “REAL” went in pursuit of “FAKE”. It says he went to Jesus by night to seek enlightment.
When Real realises he is actually fake:
The book of Acts speaks of a very passionate man by the name of Saul. Saul had such an amazing passion for whatever his conviction was. When he believed those that followed “the Way”, or Christians as they are known nowadays were blaspheming the name of God by claiming Jesus was Lord he mercilessly went after them. His conviction was so great that his own territory was becoming small. He sought permission to go far and wide to persecute more “FAKE” people. Obviously his friends who were as “REAL” as he was and shared his conviction made it possible by providing the necessary paper work. On route to Damascus, his story changes. We understand that a bright light crossed his path and he fell off his horse. When addressed by Jesus, he responded “Who are you LORD?” He recognised that this was a power greater than any he knew or possessed. It went on to say that from the time his sight was restored to him through Barnabas, Saul began to preach about this Lord whose people he had long persecuted.
There is a brutal fire that is set ablaze when fake recognises real. Saul travelled as far as the Lord could carry him and took this message of Christ even to Rome. He faced more opposition than he had faced before but his fire burned even more for Christ. He celebrated his suffering for the name of this man that he had always viewed as “FAKE.” The fake Saul became REAL Paul and wrote about half of the new testament, his teachings live on. That is what happens when fake recognises real!
Modern day examples:
The monk who rose from the dead: I have followed a few leads on this story but have been unable to prove it true or false. As the story goes, a bhuddist monk died and went to hell. Apparently he was dead for three days and arose thereafter to tell what he had seen. He saw Bhudda and other monks in hell. He saw what he thought was “REAL” in hell, thus recognising that it was actually fake. He shared his experience and many monks have given their lives to Christ.
The Hindu guru preaching Jesus in their temple: This I saw filmed in a Darren Wilson documentary. The footage is as real as it gets, no retakes. Jesus appeared in a Hindu guru’s dreams and also in that of an Indian evangelist. They were both instructed to meet up and on meeting up the evangelist, Ravi went on to teach about Christ to this guru. Who accepted Christ and went on to teach about him in his Hindu temple, with his talk accompanied by miracles. What a mighty God we serve.
The distinction between real and fake is often so blurred, we need wisdom to recognise it. It take a lot of guts to accept when you are fake, and pursue realness. Humility is the key. Let us approach those we feel are fake in the right way, with an aim to redeem and not to annihilate. Do it privately, there is no need for the whole world to know. Salvation only occurs when FAKE recognises REAL.
Monk story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSM8I-05Bm4
Hindu guru: Darren Wilson, Father of Lights (Documentary)