The Christian Identity Crisis seems to be a recurring issue these days. As Christians we just can’t seem to figure out who we are or who we are supposed to be.
Yes, I am black. And, yes, I am a woman.
In fact, I’m a well-educated, successful, young, single mom!
I am grateful for who I am and who God created me to be. I am also grateful for the many liberties He has blessed me with to enjoy in this lifetime.
But most of all, I am grateful that I belong to Him. That I am a Christian!
My sex, race, background, education, and political standing are factors that contribute to who I am. However, they should ALWAYS be secondary to who I am in Christ.
Now let me take a step back for a moment, for those of you who are probably asking right now, ‘what world is she living in?’ I’m not talking about how others view us or how society or the world views us based on what they see, hear and know about us. I’m talking about how we view ourselves as Christians.
The Problem: we often view ourselves the way the world does
So often we start viewing ourselves the way the world does. Then we work and struggle to try to be better than what they think. We promote our race, our gender, our profession, our political standing. And we do it, all because that’s what the world around us is promoting.
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t be proud to be who we are. Nor am I saying that we shouldn’t fight for our rights and privileges. Especially if those rights and privileges are limited based on who you are.
But, whether I’m a man or woman, black or white, rich or poor – what difference does it really make apart from God? How often do we promote Jesus?
As cliche as it may sound, we as “Christians” have forgotten that our true identity is found in Christ. Apart from Him we are nothing. No one. We really don’t matter. It is God who gives us our identity and purpose. Our reason for living. For existing.
We have made being a “Christian”, just a title
“Christian” is one of our many titles. One of the identities we assume or take on, if and when we choose to.
If I’m a Christian, black, successful, young woman with a bad attitude, a filthy mouth and negative demeanor, who is known by most to be selfish, unforgiving and rude – then there is a problem.
Are you the Christian neighborhood advocate, with the gift of rallying tons of people for a good cause? But behind closed doors, you actually steal from, gossip and lie about the very people you advocate for?
Are you the super Christian who NEVER misses a church service, bible study or prayer meeting? But outside of church, no one, and I mean NO ONE, would ever associate Christianity with your name.
Or maybe you’re the wealthy Christian white man with your own business, who is known for giving a ton of money to charity. However, in everyday life you’re a racist, and verbally and physically abuse your wife and kids.
Some of us have become “closet Christians” – only the people at church know the “godly” side of us.
While others are “someday Christians” – they pick and choose what days of the week they want to identify as a child of God.
Then you have the “questionable Christians” – no one really knows if they are Christians or not, including themselves.
If you read my post from last week, you know about the “doubting Christians” – those who are looking for an “Alternative” God because they aren’t happy with the one we have.
Whatever category we may or may not fall into, our actual Christian identities have been placed on a back burner, as we allow every other aspect of who we are become more of a priority in our lives. In other words, I am more concerned with promoting “my blackness and femininity” than my Christianity.
If only we would take who we are in Christ and let that be our driving force for everything else. We would be amazed to see the men and women we could become.
As a Christian man or woman, black or white, rich or poor I can make all the difference in the world, just by letting my Christian identity be the source from which every other aspect of my identity flows. Click To Tweet
As Christians, we are called to represent God
We are called to represent God – in our words, thoughts and deeds. As the Bible teaches, the world we live in will NEVER be perfect – free from racism, hatred, bitterness, segregation, or hypocrisy. In fact it will continue to get worse (check out II Timothy chapter 3 in your spare time).
However, God has called us to represent Him in the midst of an imperfect world.
When we get back to cultivating our faith by learning the bible and striving to grow in our walk with Christ, over time, we will become the men and women that God called us to be. And guess what? Then we will start to make more of a difference in all those other areas that we have been advocating for.
Instead of separating all the pieces of ourselves from our Christianity. We need to let our Christianity be the source from which all the other pieces of our identity stem.