Who are we?
The correct answer to that question is the spine of our existence.
We must choose one of two answers to that question: We are:
Either, “The progeny of a common ancestor, formed by random chance through time, by the natural selection, of the survival of the fittest.”.
Or, “We are made in the image and likeness of God, as children of God and heirs to heaven.”
The Former Choice expresses itself through the Secular Culture.
The Secular Culture’s Creed is, “What’s in it for me?” and “If it feels good, do it.”
The hard currency of the Secular Culture is Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Envy, etc. Compromise and rationalization are its pocket change.
As a result, mothers abort babies, gang-bangers kill randomly, and addicts snort themselves into oblivion. Substituting porn for love, results in waking up so lost, in a place so dark. The suicides of the rich and famous are the tragic legacy that fortune & fame are not the solutions they promise to be. They are illusions.
More insidious, are the secular lives of quiet desperation asking, “Who moved my cheese?” and “Is that all there is?”, living, “Lives full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”, ”Strutting their hour upon the stage, to be heard no more”.
Magazine titles have morphed from “Life”, to “People”, to “Us’, to “Self”. “Selfies have replaced family photos. Life is all about “Me”. Sadly, some react to the Secular Culture’s unfulfilling promises with anger. Road rage has morphed from a honking horn, to the “finger”, to a gun.
The Secular Culture’s Social Darwinism festers in the soft underbelly of our humanity, unfulfilled.
The Second Choice expresses itself through the Christian Creed:
Everything was made by a Majestic Creator, a God beyond all human understanding, who made us in His image and likeness, to be children of God and heirs to heaven.
God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, to die for the sins of all mankind, so that all who believe in Him, will have eternal life – an eternity of Peace, Comfort, and Joy.
God also sent an Advocate, who provides the Gift of Grace, which flows through “broken vessels” one to another, sharing the Creator’s power and wisdom, the Redeemer’s mercy and love, and the Spirit’s peace and joy, to make other lives breathe easier.
All that is expected of us is to love God, and each other, as Christ has loved us. After all, life is not about me. The world, with one exception (me), is made up of “others”.
And most important, God knows that humanity is imperfect, and will turn its face from God. But God allows humanity to repent. When each of us sincerely asks, “Create in me a new clean heart”, the companionship with God is restored. No sin, no matter how vile or frequent, can exceed the forgiveness of the welcoming embrace, of the out-stretched arms, of the Redemptive Cross. “We don’t have a soul. We are a soul. We have a body” As a result, “As the deer pants for the flowing stream, our soul thirsts for the Living God.”.
That’s who we are.