millivanilliI loved Milli Vanilli when I was a kid. In fact, I did not care when I found out that the frontmen were not the people who really made the music. I never even mailed in that $1 lawsuit claim for all of us who had their album.

I recently saw a clip of Milli Vanilli on TV that got me thinking about a couple things. 

What was the public uproar around the Milli Vanilli scandal all about? What was it that left so many people feeling angry and betrayed? The problem was that the people claiming to be the artists who birthed and performed the music were not the actual artist who birthed and performed the music. There was a lack of integrity.

They claimed to be something that they were not.

That go me thinking about about those of us who claim to be Christians.  We talk a lot. We make a lot of big claims. We put on a good show. But how often do we do those things with integrity? How often do we just take statements born out of other people’s experiences and claim them as our own. How often do we make statements that do not line up with our actual life experiences?

I know that there is a danger of going too far in basing all of your belief on your personal experience. There is reality outside of our experience.

 However, if we claiming truths as our own without having any experiential knowledge, then we risk being religious Milli Vanilli.

When Jesus taught about knowing truth he placed it firmly in the context of relationship and experience.  Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”