“Who do people say I am?” It may be the most popular – and powerful – question of all time. Jesus asked the question as recorded by Mark and Matthew (8:27 and 16:13 respectively). The answer is like the Russian Matryoshka Doll – “Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah; still others say you are one of the prophets.”
When it comes to politics, the most important answer to the question of identity is not what the candidates say about themselves; it’s not what a newspaper, social media campaign, FOX News or NPR reporter thinks. When we cast our ballot, the most important player in the “Identity Game” is you. Like the Matryoshka Doll, we get various perspectives as family members, employees, colleagues and opponents offer one picture after another. Jesus peels away all the extraneous layers and asks: Who do you say I am?
Of course, there is another question – perhaps the most important question of all. Before you go making decisions about another person’s identity, who are you? What are the layers and masks you use as you go about your day? How do we play the various roles we are called upon to play while still maintaining personal integrity?
Today, before we go criticizing someone for the speck of identity inconsistency in their eye, let’s be more conscious of the log in our own.
A blessed Tuesday.