I’ve been thinking about the political environment in our country and the correlating issue with personal identity.
It seems to me that if an individual over identifies with a cause, like their political affiliation, they then see any measure contrary to that cause as a personal threat to their own identity. These individuals tend to fight back against those who they perceive as standing contrary to their own beliefs by accusing, shaming, blaming, and even through unbridled anger.
Of course, I’m thinking of the people who found themselves emotionally crushed by the Republican sweep of the recent United States election and the continued aggression many of them are still exhibiting in public and through their social media accounts.
Whether you are Democrat or Republican, please don’t obsess in finding your identity in those causes, or any man made campaign as far as that goes. You can certainly be an active advocate of any moral cause, but please don’t find your personal identity in them.
Our world will tempt you to adopt and advocate any number of causes that promise to help you find your personal identity and through them a way to publicly communicate that identity, but please don’t yield your personal identity to them.
You are not a cog in someone’s wheels or a robotic bolt in another’s machine, but you are a person created in the likeness of the Creator and your personal identity can only be found in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (ESV).
Your identity is not something you have to achieve by passing the bar of any particular organization or cause, and while doing so is not wrong in and of itself, the better way is to receive your identity in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you achieve your identity from other people it is human nature to become objectionable to any other people that you perceive as being contrary to whomever you are advocating for, and you can not love the neighbor that you predispose yourself to hate.
When you receive your identity from the Lord Jesus Christ and are saved by His grace through faith (Ephesians 2:1-10) you are less likely to hate others because your identity is in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and you are not threatened by those who stand contrary to whatever cause you may advocate because you know that all men are in the same need of grace.
There is a verse in Psalms 119:165 that often comes to my mind when I see the contrast in society between those who hate through words and actions and those who calmly stand on the ground of truth and it says “Great peace have they which love thy law [the Word of God]: and nothing shall offend them.”
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