THOUGHTS ON CONFUSION OF
WE LIVE in
an era of confusion about identity in many different areas today. There
is an identity crisis. Here are some random thoughts on this.
Although God has physically made us male and female
on purpose (Genesis 1:27,28), and called His creation "very good" (Genesis
1:31), there is confusion about human sexual identity in our society today.
Such an era, and such a distorted mentality, was ushered in by rock musicians
and rock music intentionally trying to project an androgynous image (male
and female in one person, leaving it up to you to try to figure out what
they are). And a generation brought up on such nonsense has a hard time
trying to figure out personally just who and what they are. It is no wonder
that we are plagued with this senseless talk of same sex marriages with
increased homosexual and bisexual activity. There are a lot of mixed up
people, and confusion abounds!
Then to add to the confusion, or perhaps to help
bring it on, the distinctive roles of male and female in our society have
been blurred. God has a plan, and it calls for the man to take the lead
and be the head of the family. Women have been brainwashed into thinking
that they must work outside of the home (or they are not being "fulfilled"),
instead of really being a mother to their children (and shaping souls for
time and eternity, I Timothy 2:15). A higher dignity and respect has been
traded for a place that before was a man's world. Confusion reigns, and
the American family is falling apart.
In another realm there is a glaring identity crisis
too. The distinctive spiritual role and identity of the church seems to
have been lost somewhere along the way. What is the church anyway? What
is its purpose and mission? Did Jesus die on the cross to bring about a
new political order? Is the church just a civic club and a community center?
And then, is entertainment and the restaurant business part of its function?
One wonders. If Noah had lived today and had the mentality of some in church
circles, when God said to build an ark, he probably would have built a
gymnasium. Paul, using the Grecian games as an illustration, said, "Know
ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?
So run that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery
is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown;
but we an incorruptible" (I Corinthians 9:24,25). But to visit insome churches
today, that is not the impression we get. It is not an incorruptible (spiritual)
crown, but the corruptible one that gets our attention. On public display
are all the trophies won in athletic competition. Did Jesus die on the
cross for this? It is as someone has said, "If the church would stop trying
to compete with the world in such areas as politics, amusements and food
services she would gain spiritual strength." There is a question of identity.
Confusion reigns. What is the church all about? (VOL. 34, NO. 3, 1996)