Found an excellent post via Truth2Freedom’s blog entitled, What Is Your Self Identity? – Biblical Counseling Center. It will be posted in full below, but I wanted to first write that the Lord is SO GOOD to have led me to read and share the post here!
Recently, a new commenter came to this blog railing against me because of perceived “insults” that I made in a previous post.
I’m not sure that I want this “John” having complete access to commenting here at my blog, so I will re-post his comment here so that readers can see what he wrote:
This is one of the most ridiculous rants I have read in quite a while. First of all, I know plenty of high school and college aged kids who do know the meaning and significance of Memorial Day. Apparently better than you do! It is not about God and the Bible, it’s about remembering our fallen soldiers. They are well educated, savvy young people who would have gotten edited out of Jesse Watters’ Fox propaganda video. And guess what? They all went to, or are going to public schools and universities. None of them have been dumbed down by “liberal, leftist, progressive, LGBTQ “leaders” of the maniacal asylums…”. And I’m sure they know exactly what The Greatest Generation did for America and the world!
I also wonder how many brave and noble LGBT veterans you’ve offended by this screed. I know gay veterans from the Vietnam war and from both Gulf Wars since WWII, and they served along side their straight brothers in arms without questioning or caring about their sexual orientation.
Additionally, John also wrote:
What I said was Memorial Day is not about God and the Bible! It’s about remembering our war dead! And no! I am not totally ignorant about God’s word.
I think that the following post answers John’s screed against me and other Christians, as well as it also addresses his claim that “[he] is not totally ignorant about God’s Word” better than I ever could.
Big hat tip: Truth2Freedom blog!
[Note: Graphics within post added by Christine.]
Self-identity: With all the talk of self identity and gender nowadays, you may think this article is about bathroom choice. It’s not. Guest writer Joshua Waulk of Baylight Counseling in Tampa, FL, zeroes in on the “I am” statements we Christians often make about ourselves and suggests a better self-identity. His article appeared first here and is used with permission.
I am ADHD.
I am bipolar.
I am depressed.
I am an addict.
I am [fill in the blank].
Within the context of counseling, it’s common to hear people use these types of phrases to describe themselves. To be sure, there’s a sense in which they’re simply using a modern style of communication in order to say that they struggle, actively, with this thing or that thing.
Self-Identity: Do Your Words Describe or Define?
But, my concern is that, too often, embedded deep within the heart of the person, is this subtle notion that, in fact, the thing they’re describing defines who they are. In other words, my concern for some people I meet with in counseling is that their language is not merely descriptive, but is definitive.
My concern is even greater when working with followers of Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t simply identifying himself with God, but was defining, or declaring himself to be God.
How Does Jesus Define You?
As Christians, as people who have died with Christ, and through whom Christ presently and actively lives, we are no longer defined by the sins and struggles of this world alone, even though we continue to be affected by them.
If Paul’s words are true when he says in Galatians 2:20,
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Because of Christ, I am no longer defined by my sin or suffering, but am defined by Him. I am a sinner, yes, but I am also eternally forgiven, justified, and redeemed (1 John 1:8-9).
I may struggle with this thing or that, but that struggle no longer defines me. Like all things of this world, they are passing away, and who God is making us to be will one day be revealed in Christ (1 John 2:17; Hebrews 10:14).
Join the Discussion
[Note: Graphics added by Christine.]
- What is your self-identity?
2. How have your own “I am” statements affected your understanding of who you are in Christ?
3. Can you think of any adjustments you need to make to better reflect a biblical understanding of your identity in Christ?
Hat tips to all links.