**Note: This was written just after the election this last November.
I’ve been thinking a lot about identity lately in part because of the political landscape and how many dear people are afraid of what is to come. I’ve also been thinking about this because how we label ourselves has a lot to do with how we see ourselves and how we relate to others. I’m still growing in this area so I make these statements humbly and ask that a reader might be thoughtful and slow to respond.
I am grateful for the sacrifice that others made for my freedom and for the positive aspects of our country but I do not first identify myself as an American, as White, as Conservative, or any other demographic that might needlessly divide me from others. My only true identity is in Christ (which I admit can affect how I connect to other identities). He is the only thing that is worth division from others (though I hope that my love for others because of Him will connect me to those who have a different identity than I) and He should unify me with other believers. After all he sat with the lost and hurting in each of the gospels under the shunning eye of the Pharasees. He didn’t care about those things – He simply wanted people to know Him, to know the Love of God, to find salvation, and be unified in the truth that is found in Him. We (Christians) are not called to identify as a race or political party but we are called to identify with Christ. I pray that the events of the day will call us to serve others, to love others, and reach out to others different from ourselves.
This sermon from David Platt speaks directly to these thoughts: David Platt: From Fear to Faith