As oxymorons (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction) go, this has to be one of my favorite ones especially as I cast my mind back to a story a good friend of mine told me about meeting a man whilst he was on vacation who was shouting ‘genuine fake’ as he marketed his fake rolex watches. Ridiculous as it may sound, could it be possible that we are living in a society that is more or less genuine in being fake?


Loneliness hidden behind a cloud of social media and cyber friends; broken hearts and dreams veiled by a fine layer of mascara and usual soundbite programmed response answers of ‘I’m fine and everything is good’; broken families and brokenness hidden behind the distraction of reality television, movies and sports entertainment, temporary relief for a season but never solving the deeper issues. Is it possible that behind the numerous selfies is a real desire and longing for a selfless state of mind in which true contentment is present?

A shopkeeper dressed as an Apple store employee at a shop masquerading as a
bona fide Apple store in downtown Kunming.

My mind flashes to the year 2011 when an american blogger visiting Kunming in China discovered three fake Apple stores, fully staffed and persuasive in their appearance to the naked eye to the extent that even the staff believed they were working for the real Apple Inc. Only on closer inspection from one well acquainted with the genuine product was the true condition exposed. Imagine being one of those employees, the dream job turned out to actually be just a dream, they had been living and working the genuine-fake experience.

Is it possible that the christian experience can also be fall into this trap? How can we know if it is the genuine thing or simply just a genuine-fake experience? The scriptures counsel us: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Corinthians 13:5”, is it possible that a man or a woman can have an experience but ultimately when it is put to the test by one who knows the genuine, it will be found wanting? “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5” . It is time to seek the genuine authentic experience and discard the genuine-fake; true christianity is founded in the word of God, centered and rooted in Jesus Christ himself, clothed in prophecy. Those that say they are with Him, must walk even as he walked and continue in His word not the words of mother, father, boyfriend, girlfriend, pastor, friend, enemy or whoever else. Don’t be like the workers in the fake apple store who discovered too late they had been duped, begin now to test your beliefs or faith by the word of God. Maybe then, and only then can we see real fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, strong families and strong societies permeated with real bonds of affection….

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