As my Facebook wall is a flutter with hourly if not minutely (is that a word?) posts about Jeremy Lin, I can’t help but notice that 99% of the posts are from friends who are 1) Asian and 2) Christian. There’s a strange camaraderie they feel with this NBA star because he, too, falls into those 2 categories. But I’m beginning to notice that the main issue for most Asian believers is not so much his faith as his race. Sure, he’s a solid Christian but that seems to be, for many, merely an added bonus to the fact that he is an Asian-American.
This begs the question: as a Christian, what do you find your identity in? Is it Christ? Or is it the fact that you are Mexican, Portuguese, or Chinese? Or is it Christ until someone who shares your race starts monopolizing headlines?
This goes for any aspect of your life. If you were to describe yourself with one description, would it be Lawyer? Snowboarder? Missionary? Apple employee? Or Christ-follower?
Somewhat ironically, the same danger exists for those of us in vocational ministry. I need to remember that I’m a Christian first and a pastor second. I’m always reminded of Paul’s famous words: “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). “All things to be loss” includes his preaching ministry and apostleship.
Regardless of who you are or what you do, remember that you are a Christian first and everything else, by the grace of God, follows.
By the way, anyone remember a guy by the name of Tim Tebow? I think you get my point.