Anonymous asked: I've always heard the concept that "our identities are rooted in Christ," but does that cancel out the other things about us? Like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.
Ideally, identity in Christ shouldn’t cancel out anything. Having your identity in Christ doesn’t mean you stop existing as you - or it shouldn’t. Christ isn’t looking for assimilation. We are not robots created to fit some ideal that erases who we are as people. Identity in Christ should mean that we celebrate, grow, and accept who are as a person and embraces those identities which God created in us. We become more fully ourselves in God, not less human.
This is something American evangelical culture has wrong in a lot of ways - we see growing in Christ as giving up parts of ourselves “for the greater good” or whatever. And it does require sacrifice, but, I firmly believe, it doesn’t require sacrificing our identities and who we are as people. Indeed, a God that asks we change the core of who we are is a cruel God indeed.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing is His hand
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
King of kings. yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture in the Body and the Blood
He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the hist of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way
As the light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day
That the pow’rs of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.
At His feet the six winged seraph; cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faves to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord most High. Amen. Amen.
mercy on me, a sinner!’ — HH Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (via theorthodoxbritreturns)