Our world values appearance over quality. Functionality over flavor. And we’ve gotten good at blurring the lines between the two. It can be difficult to detect the subtle differences between real and counterfeit. Is that image Photoshopped? Is that fruit packed with steroids? Is the news I’m hearing even true? From superficial to supernatural, we need wisdom to know what’s real.

Growing up, the taste of strawberries was incredible to me. Today, the fruit has kept its name and shape, but its rich flavor and silky texture is all but gone. Vastly different from what I knew as a child. Since the 1990s, the focus has shifted from the fruit’s internal value to its external value. The new market goals are size, appearance and speed to meet commercial demands. As a result, the flavor has slowly been replaced, and many millennials don’t know the true taste…

This cultural shift doesn’t just apply to food for the body but also to food for the soul. In spirituality, we can replace the original with the counterfeit, which, in turn, becomes the new original. The journey of 21st century Christianity is very similar. Same name, different look, and a vastly different experience. Being a Christian looks way different that it once did. A lot of what we see today is a radically-altered counterfeit, driven by the demands of boards and budgets.

The good news is that people are slowly beginning to recognize the unhealthy and inauthentic results of counterfeit food, among other things. Armed with this knowledge, many are rejecting what isn’t real. Against every prediction, people are looking for a taste-filled—if messy—encounter. And like food, people are even wondering about the current state of Christianity. There is an entire generation questioning the emotionally-driven brand of Christianity.

The intent of Crossruption is simply to present a biblical perspective regarding how we might recapture and experience God’s original design. After all, isn’t the original better than a mass-produced counterfeit? Isn’t natural better than artificial? How can we begin to take the focus off appearance-driven, counterfeit faith and get back to the reality of the authentic? The journey of Crossruption enables us to experience spirituality that goes beyond the rituals of belief.