Thursday, 31 October 2013

Who You Are


Someone brought this video to my attention a couple of weeks ago, and as someone who laps up any book, article or talk about what it means to be child of God, I naturally revelled in the opportunity to engage once again with the issue of identity. Trying to look beyond the uncomfortably intense delivery, I was determined to get to grips with the truths and falsehoods within this spoken word presentation.

To my surprise, and probably yours if you know me well, if I add the prefix 'in Christ', I agree with most of this spoken word. I don't think that's because I've turned into a crazy egotist or become a massive heretic, although I'm willing to be shown the error of my ways, confess and repent if that is the case. The question is, how can I agree with most of these bold claims?

Many Christians adhere to what is fondly referred to as 'worm theology', but I have come to realise that one of the beautiful truths of the gospel is that although we were sinners, if we are in Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) - we are no longer deemed sinners, but children of God. Yes, we still sin, but that doesn't define us. Our identity is secure in Him, 'for by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.' (Hebrews 10:14) As I have come to realise and embrace this truth, I have come to know more truly and fully the 'free[dom] from the law of sin and death' (Romans 8:2) that comes through Christ, and it is incredible.

What saddens me about this video is that it seems to be reacting against worm theology and as a result swings the pendulum too far the other way. Whilst in Christ I can agree with the majority of this presentation, I cannot adhere to the assertion that I
'deserve someone who would give up their life for [me]'. Part of the amazing nature of the gospel is that 'God demonstrate[d] his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.' (Romans 5:8) I didn't deserve or earn God's love and grace, yet he loved me so much that deemed me 'worth dying for'. Put that in your theological pipe and smoke it. Phenomenal.

All in all, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff in this spoken word, but that's the case for everything you read or hear.

But this isn't really about the video. This is about you and God, and how you exist in relationship to Him. Do you know Him? Do you know who you are in relationship to Him?

I urge you not to look for articles, books, talks or spoken word presentations to answer these questions, but look to Christ himself, and let His incredible truth speak into your life. I've not got it sorted at all, but by God's grace, over the last couple of years especially, He has revealed to me some amazing new truths about the gospel that have transformed my life. And that is good news - too good not to share!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A New Name

Bethinking.

Beth in King. Be thinking. Beth inking.