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Identity Crisis

Fellow Adel Ewurama Sesa Acquah

Walk up to a random Ghanaian and ask, “What religion do you belong to?” 2 out of 3 times you will hear “I’m a Christian”. Most of the time it’s unapologetic, Christians are pretty bold when their faith isn’t being challenged. After this encounter however, if you were to follow half of these Christians home, you might wonder if there was a new Christian Denomination whose mantra was “Serving two masters isn’t so bad after all!”

Truth is, lots of us suffer from an identity crisis; most of us have no idea. Don’t believe me? Let’s play a little game. We’ll call it, “What do I believe?” Answer true or false to the following statements;

  1. The end justifies the means.
  2. Karma catches up to you eventually.
  3. Do what makes you happy.
  4. Faith in God is inward alone, no need try and “prove” anything.
  5. Telling people about Christ isn’t for me, that’s why there are pastors!

If most of your answers were true, you might be suffering an identity crisis. Don’t take my word for it however. Study the Word and you will find that, unconsciously, the world’s views have seeped into our world view. How we see the world determines how we act in the world. This explains the phenomenon of the “Two Masters Christian”.

We live in a world where everything tries to challenge the Word of God. Everything sounds persuading. I mean the Bible does say “you will reap what you sow”, isn’t that karma? No, it’s not karma. Karma defies mercy, our God is merciful. But isn’t He just? Yes He is, that’s why Jesus died.

To fully take charge of our mandate, Christians will have to engage the earth. Engage, but not entangle. We must daily as Romans 12:2 NLT put it, “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” Only then, can we navigate the opposing views of this world, while staying true to who we are in Christ. Only then can we be the Daniels of our generation, taking charge and leading change.

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