Why do we let things like our nationality, political views, civil liberties, social status, and careers have more weight in defining who we are than our Christianity?
Yes, I am black. Yes, I am a woman. In fact, I’m a well-educated successful young single mother!
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 to enjoy in this lifetime. But most of all, I am grateful that I belong to Him. My sex, race, background, education, or political standing should ALWAYS be secondary to who I am in Christ.
When we start promoting Jesus the way we should – in our words, thoughts and deeds – then all the other things will start to matter less and less. 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.
However, God has called us to represent Him in the midst of an imperfect world. When we stop doing that and start putting more emphasis on representing and promoting our race, sex, political party of choice or other civil liberties, then we slowly start to lose our focus on our true purpose.