Saturday, December 05, 2009

Don't Forget What You Are

I loved this cartoon found at an atheist site.

It's interesting to consider how an atheist and a Christian might read these remarks with both agreement and disagreement. I agree, for example that the genetic "cousinage" of all humanity means we're staggeringly more similar than different. I agree that recognizing that common identity should make a fundamental change in self- and group-understanding.

Yet, I disagree with the implied premise that religious affiliation should not "trump" other markers of identity. There is only one human "race," yet there are two spiritual races--the race of Adam and the race of Christ. At the judgment seat of Christ, our biological commonality will be infinitely less important than whether we have been made new through faith and union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection to share in His glory as a redeemed humanity. Our thoughts about identity may condemn us before Christ, but they could never save us apart from Christ.

Terrible inference. Love the cartoon.

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