The tragedy of the modern era is that we lack identity. Once tradition and faith were removed from daily life, we had to search for worldly identities based on our sexual orientation, consumer choices, political beliefs, or even favorite dog breed. Needless to say that these manufactured identities can not even begin to fulfill the soul. Without Christ, all identities serve as distractions meant to keep us away from salvation.

In the past, I sought my identity through my sexual prowess. I was an international player, a semi-famous modern Casanova, and I relished in the material rewards that that identity gave me, but like with all worldly pursuits, you adapt to it until eventually your identity feels bland and meaningless. Doubling down will be your first instinct, because if a little bit of sex gave you happiness in the past then a lot of it will surely be the ticket, and yet that will be adapted to as well, leaving you in quite a hole. All identities based on desiring a “sex life,” whether heterosexual or homosexual, will merely push you into the abyss.

So I’ll switch gears and allow my consumer identity to save me. I can have a favorite sportsball team and smartphone brand, and I’ll even wait in long lines to give them glory. I can become unreasonably fascinated with Star Wars or a comic book movie franchise, and use the anticipation of a new release to give me a scrap of hope that my life will somehow improve. I can follow all the restaurant brands on Twitter and get excited at witty comebacks against their competitors. I will beg them to take my money to make me forget for a moment that I am out of communion with God and have no reason for living.

If sexual or consumer identities fail me, I’ll move on to political identities. From the two available Presidential candidates, there will be one I can pour all my wishes, dreams, and hopes into. His personality and politics will fit me like a glove. Unlike candidate Kronos, who is obviously evil, Kang will save me. I must vote for him or else the country—and maybe even mankind—will end. Yes, he is my personal savior and I must now become a political expert like everyone else on Twitter and analyze the daily news cycle as if it were a second job. I will do that for years and years, moving from one candidate or hot-button issue to the next, until realizing that my political saviors don’t know me or care about me. They’re looking out for their own while I don’t even get the leftovers. Back to the drawing board, I guess.

And how about the atheists, whose negative identity proudly announces another identity they refuse? “My identity is that I don’t believe in what you believe, and I will make an entire world view out of my lack of belief!”

If an identity is worldly, it is controlled by the world. The sexual norms are controlled by those who control the makers of the sex culture—the movie producers, book writers, magazine editors, app owners, and pop singers. The consumer norms are controlled by those who control the corporations. The political identity is controlled by the big donors of the politicians. The atheist identity, the only one which begins to reach into the unseen, is controlled by the revolutionary Jews who hate Christ. All serve under the banner of the world, and who controls this world but Satan. If you have an identity that is not predominately based on Christ, chances are you have a Satanic identity.

There is no true identity without Christ, for from Christ comes all that is good—family, love, beauty, and concern for one’s neighbor. If you are a Christian, you have all the identity you need. Your prayer rule, church worship, scripture readings, and the fruits from your faith are your identity. You need nothing else to feel complete, because it’s through Christ that we are made whole, and any urge or inclination you feel to establish a worldly identity are merely temptations from the evil one. Resist them and seek Christ in all His Glory. He is the food, the nourishment, the manna that is your beginning and end, in this world and the next.

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  • "Is not ours an age of mislived lives, of unmanned men? Why?...Because Jesus Christ has disappeared. Wherever the people are true Christians, there are men to be found in large numbers, but everywhere and always, if Christianity wilts, the men wilt. Look closely, they are no longer men but shadows of men. Thus what do you hear on all sides today. The world is dwindling away, for lack of men; the nations are perishing for scarcity of men, for the rareness of men...I do believe: there are no men where there is no character; there is no character where there are no principles, doctrines, stands taken; there are no stands taken, no doctrines, no principles, where there is no religious faith and consequently no religion of society. Do what you will: only from God you will get men." (Homily for Christmas 1871)

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I can have a favorite sportsball team and smartphone brand, and I’ll even wait in long lines to give them glory.

When I was a new believer, I always wondered why anyone would take the Mark of the Beast.

But that was before the rise of Clown World.

These days, all Satan has to do is to market it as an Apple product.

People would camp outside the Apple store for days just to be among the first to get the new iTattoo...

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C.S. Lewis:
“Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self…”

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Surprised LGBT identifies weren't mentioned in the article. There's tons of people, especially younger one who use their made up gender or their sexual preferences as their primary identity. Their personality revolves around how gay they are or how gender non-conforming they are. I suspect why you keep seeing new genders and sexualities crop up is because simply being gay or transgender isn't enough anymore given how mainstream those identities are. Hence, to differentiate yourself as an unique individual you have to be pansexual (because being just merely bi isn't enough now that basic white girls are calling themselves bi even though pansexual is pretty much the same thing) and you need a new gender now that corporations are making being "merely" transgender bland. Unlike identity in Christ, there's no ultimate satisfaction that comes from adopting these identities. Soon after it's no longer the cutting edge to be "merely" gay, then it's onto the next identity that will make you feel that you are special and above the common herd.

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"Everyone is honored as sacred"

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