Wait, is that what you are? How about readers? Acquaintances? Fellow bloggers? Followers? Random people I have never met? Believers? Conservatives? Liberals?
It’s so hard these days to figure out one’s identity in our ever-changing culture, let alone the identity of people I can’t even see face to face (although if you are reading I would definitely describe you as friend in some form or another). Why then do we have so many ways to identify ourselves if we are believers in Christ Jesus? What I mean here is that an overwhelming number of my friends including myself don’t think of our main identity as the one that we should. Instead we view all of the others areas of our passions as what would identify us.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I am not favoring doing away with roles in our lives that have been clearly designed for one person over another. I firmly believe that one of the most beautiful things about the body of Christ is that we are a melting pot of people. We have a group so unique that there is not a single need in this world that the universal body of Christ couldn’t fix if we truly lived the way we are called (I am included in this critique for I also have gifts that aren’t being used in the body of Christ). What I am more concerned with is how we always mis-identify who we really are to the detriment of the body of Christ.
In the last six months America has gone through some very interesting times, as we always do during an election year, and there have been some very tragic events that occurred during this past Christmas season. Alas even now it seems impossible to turn on the news or look at a paper without seeing some type of shooting or massacre. What seems to surprise me is the lack of love that most young people I know, specifically Christians, have towards the events. This isn’t to say that we don’t find them tragic but instead of responding with the type of love that Christ would have us respond with, we jump to social networking to decry about how the President and his administration will come and try to take our freedom and liberties away. On the other side of the coin our Christian brothers and sisters who hold a more liberal view will jump to the defense about why we must give up certain freedoms/liberties to live in a peaceful manner.
Guns are the hot topic now. So hot that it is providing the enemy a foothold to divide the body of Christ. Instead of realizing what Paul states in Galatians 3:26-29:
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
We take up our causes and browbeat each other into the submission to our point of view on the topic. My encouragement isn’t to give up our political view-point but instead to realize that we are ambassadors to a far greater King and Country then the one we currently hold. Don’t let go of our values and be walked over but realize that it is not conservative or liberal that ultimately defines who you are. This time and country will pass away and is indeed passing away. When we stand before the throne of our mighty King and Savior do we want to argue that we lead the way to gun freedom or control? Do we want to look at Him who laid down His life to save a people in outright rebellion against him, and tell him we stopped universal healthcare? Or that we hunted a deer with an AK-47? Wouldn’t if be better for us if we believed Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”?
Now I want all my friends to know, I strongly believe in our freedoms set forth by our founding fathers and the constitution but I believe that the love letters written to us by our Savior and God call us to be set above the dirty politics of this day. We have truly forgotten how to turn the other cheek but instead we pick up arms as if ready to die on a hill for a cause we have not thought through. My challenge both to myself and others is not to give up our causes, for our differences make us more valuable to the cause of Christ then our similarities, but to realize that all of our causes whether liberal or conservative is secondary and in submission to advancing the cause of our great savior.
So I ask where is our identity? In politics? A political party? An Idea? Or more rightly do we place our worth and identity in the One who came to save us. We are sojourners in a foreign land. Let us remember that all believers are in Christ. True believers might differ in opinion but we do not differ in our identity. So let us be in Christ and hold fast to that identity for all others will one day pass away.
Let Us Be Genuine