Something I continue to learn is all of us are quick to answer Who are You, but we fail to ask the question, and then fail to openly reflect on the question that counts, Who am I. This is a critical question to ask specifically about our relationship with Christ, our responsibility as a citizen, and our purpose.
Perhaps in their reverse importance, that is not to say all are not important and all are not intertwined, we must ask if we have a purpose. Do I have a purpose and if so what is it? Sadly, I hear all to often that it is not important to know what is going on in the world, our country, our community, because I can do nothing about it. When I hear that comment, the concept of parasite immediately comes to my mind. Nobody can do anything about anything if they withdraw, do not take an interest, no longer search, no longer participate, but simply rely on the body they have invaded and take while never giving or participating. Search for a purpose. Find a purpose. We only do this by being interested and involved.
Have you ever asked your self if you are an American? If you have, you have in one form, or another defined American. I define American with a simple question, “Would I have supported the American Revolution, been neutral, or opposed it”. Before anybody can answer that question, they must understand the history of the revolution, why did the people revolt, and what did they strive to achieve. The Americans revolted because they opposed those in authority from telling them how they must live their lives, choices they must make, and how they must think. The founders revolted because they believed government that governs least governs best. The Americans goal was to establish a government where the power of government was limited, and the liberties of the people were unlimited. When you apply that definition, are you an American?
The most critical question we can ask ourselves would be, am I a Christian? Sadly, the definition of Chirstian has become the most distorted of all. A definition I would suggest we use would be based on how the Bible defines Christian. What we learn is that a Christian was first used in Antioch and applied specifically to those who had expressed their faith in Christ and what Christ did at the cross. It had nothing to do with attending a church, showing emotion, being a’ “good” person, or all the connotations so commonly used today. Had you placed your total faith in Christ and what Christ did for each of us at the cross was the criterion.
Let each of us no longer define who others are, but be sure we know who we are. Once I have done this, I pray I live with no apologies but with a firm and determined purpose until the moment I take my last breath.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.