Identity is so important in 2017. Someone can steal your identity, use it, and in the process destroy your credit and life. Our society/culture promotes and will fiercely defend your right to identify however you feel; sexually, gender (male or female), and/or human, animal, or plant. Our world is identity confused.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Identity is first and foremost connected and wrapped up in being image bearers of God. Humans were created first in the image of God and second male and female. As image bearers we are to reflect the holiness, transcendence, glory, love, mercy, grace, truth, power, beauty, and countless other characteristics and attributes of our Creator. Image bearers reflect truth about in whose image they are made. The Truth is that it has always been more important to identify as WHOSE you are than who you are. Our culture has reordered that identity. Image bearing has been replaced by sexuality, gender, or even species.
The fact of the matter is that we live in a fallen world and ALL of us stink as image bearers of God. We stink so bad at it that God sent His Son to restore and reconcile us through his sacrifice and death. Every sin can be traced back to the fact that we will always choose to identify as who we are rather than Whose we are. Every time we do identify primarily as who we are, we choose our truth, our feelings, and our situations as greater and more sovereign than God who created the universe.
Our time, this generation, and this society are no different than any that have come before; there is nothing new under the sun. It is and always has been about our core problem – we live in a fallen world and we do not reflect the image of God. The Gospel is the solution, as it always has been. The Gospel constantly and powerfully proclaims we are God’s and God is willing and able to do what it takes to restore, rescue, redeem, and reconcile us back to Him. The Gospel is Jesus who died on the cross and rose from the dead. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life only through Him can we get back to the Father. Only through Jesus can we live as Whose we are and only through Him can we reflect the image of God as we were intended. The Gospel speaks LOUD & CLEAR, as it always has, to this time, society, generation, and world. Go proclaim Jesus!