Larry Crabb recently spoke about the transforming effect of the gospel. To experience the gospel is to know the power of "looking bad in the presence of love".
Really like that phrase.
It's the inversion of the whole world. Celebrity culture says 'Look good in the glare of the papparazzis.' Politics says 'Look good in the glare of public opinion.' Social interactions depend upon looking good in the presence of those we don't entirely trust. Even (perhaps especially?) church can be a place where we look good in the presence of pressure.
How transforming it is to unmask our pretence. And how transforming our communities could be if we offered that love that unmasks pretence.