Identity Crisis

Identity politics, at least in America, hold the rapt attention of the current culture, particularly the younger generations. Accordingly, individuals are grouped along racial, gender, class, and ethnic lines. This post has little to do with that discussion, however important it is to balancing power structures in our society.

Rather, this post has to do with how we see ourselves relative to how God may see us. If God exists, as I believe is the case, all the particulars of each human (including one’s class, gender, race, and ethnicity) is understood. The specific strengths as well as shortcomings of one’s birth, childhood, and later years are also understood. In itself, this divine understanding of us should be a comfort. When glimpsed, our identity in God’s mind, in Christ, allows us to see ourselves as being more, not less than the people we naturally think we are. Religion (all sorts) can rob people of  their natural identity. By contrast, Christ gives us a new identity that includes and transforms the details of our birth, culture, and traditions.