1. the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
There are several definitions of the word “Identity” and all revolve around the concept that identity describes what something is, not what something thinks it is. However, media and culture don’t seem to agree with these definitions.
So how do we determine what something is? Simply put, whoever created the original thing, gets to decide what it is. The object, does not decide what it is. For example, the creator of the device that unlocks doors decided to name it the “key.” Now, some use it as a “writing tool” to vandalize cars, others use them as “decorative,” and others still as “jewelry” items. Nevertheless, the object is still a “key” regardless of its [mis]use.
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. -Genesis 1:27
Mankind reproduces [procreate] mankind, but our origin resulted from God. Therefore, it is God who gave us our identity. Male and female He created them. Male and female He called them. Sadly, mankind has rejected this notion and western culture has perpetuated it. The created has rejected the design of the creator. But, as the definition states, “identity” is the fact of being who or what a person or thing IS. People can choose to identify as something other than their origin, but the fact still remains, that they have an origin that identifies them.
Unlike most of our culture, and even the believers within the Church, God wasn’t surprised by this.
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live -Deuteronomy 30:19
God allowed people to have the ability to choose because without choice there is no love, and God is love. He loved us so much, that He not only gave us two choices, but told us the right one: Life. Even though He knew people would reject the original identity God put on them, and eventually walk themselves into eternal death, He gave mankind that choice, calling creation into witness.
So as believers, we need to remember a few important things. Our identity is in Christ, given to us by Him, and protected by Him. Even though the world thinks that it is intolerant or bigoted to tell someone they are a man or a woman (even if they identify as the opposite or neither), it is out of a misconception of what we are saying. The world is at war with God and so out of spiteful rejection, they perceive His love as “hateful” because it requires change, consequences, responsibility, and surrender. However, when God or a follower of God calls someone a man or woman, they are in fact instilling eternal worth upon individuals. Granted, some Christians need help with delivering this information with love, but nonetheless this information IS loving.
When someone chooses an identity other than what was originally given to them, they are choosing to devalue themselves. There is no solace in temporary satisfaction as a result from choosing lesser worth.
The world would say that not allowing someone to identify as whatever they want is bigoted. The world would say that rejecting false identities is an act of hateful intolerance. But that is merely another version of a lie.
What is more hateful:
- To tell someone they are made in the image and likeness of God, thereby attributing eternal value to them?
- To feed into devaluing someone as they choose to reject life by accepting that they are less than what God created them to be?
Just remember that there’s more power in what you confess with your mouth than you realize.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. -Proverbs 18:2
Renew your mind. Renew your perceptions of words. Renew your understanding of what True Love really is as defined by its creator and originator. Be defined by the creator and originator of all things.