A friend challenged me today to do some thinking about why authenticity keeps showing up as a value of young people. Looking for a place to start, I checked out some dictionary definitions for authentic. What I found wasn’t surprising:
Definition: Not false or copied; genuine; real
But then I bumped into something I want you to see. My Google search led to a blog by John Kinde who introduces what I think is a powerful illustration of authenticity. He sets up and then links to a YouTube clip of the late Mr. Rogers in a 1969 appearance before a crusty Senate SubCommittee Chairman. Kinde’s point is to watch what happens when, without a polished presentation, Rogers brings the previously dismissive chairman to “goosebumps.”
I encourage you to take the time to read Kinde’s brief introduction and then follow his link to the short YouTube video. I think it will surprise you.
If the John Kinde link doesn’t work, try pasting this into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a41lJIhW7fA
Once you watch the video, I’d love to hear whether you agree that this is a great example of the power of authenticity, and if so why? Then, what I’d really like to know is– more importantly– does this illustration help you to think of parallels to the far greater authenticity of Jesus? I’d like to use this to introduce what has been for me another Bible Ah-Ha! moment.