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An identity crisis

Greg Lyon

We live in a world that is having an identity crisis. We tie our identities to political parties, to work, to relationships, to popularity, to finances (or lack thereof), to gender, or to marital status. We tie our identities to anything we think might get us ahead in life. We are fighting for people to recognize us and approve of us.

The biggest problem, though, is that everyone else is doing the same thing. We are all fighting for approval. As one author put it, “Because everyone else is also working frantically to craft and express their own identity, society becomes a space of vicious competition between individuals vying for attention, meaning, and significance, not unlike the contrived drama of reality TV” (You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World, Alan Noble, p. 4).

In such a vicious world full of people vying for attention and approval, where do we find ourselves as Christians?

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