The Sacred Identity Project is my personal blog exploring the sacredness found around certain highly curious creatures (known as human beings) and the rest of creation. In brief, I envision this journey to be filled with Biblical research, introspection, and various personal and general narratives. I may delve into a passage of Scripture. I may write a poem. I may write a story. I may be happy, grieving, or angry. I may write about these feelings. This blog therefore seeks to be authentically brave.
This blog also will be a part of my story of exploration. As such, it reflects my own views. As I explore various topics (e.g. suffering, forgiveness, or sacredness) I will express it through my own philosophy, but this will be in conversation with other sources and discussions. As I look at models of self-care, I will share not only objectivity but possibly subjectivity.
I am therefore treating this blog like my own playground where I allow myself the safety and freedom to have fun, get out of my head, and not overthink (too much). 🙂
I may be controversial to normative thinking within my socio-cultural circles. That frightens me a bit. It places me in a place of risk and trouble. Of course, a Christian will inevitably find themselves in places of risk and trouble from time to time. Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT). Personally, I find it therapeutic to express the thoughts that challenge us in the moment. Whether they be joyous, triumphant, or a faith-crisis.
In his book Fully Alive: A Biblical Vision of Gender That Frees Men and Women to Live Beyond Stereotypes, Dr. Larry Crabb delves into the socially charged subject of gender, gender roles, and beyond. He navigates through many subjects that can easily surface negative thoughts and feelings with such topics like “Biblical submission,” “traditional marriage,” and “egalitarianism.” He challenges readers to take courageous steps and be authentic.
In his dedication page, Dr. Crabb makes this reflective statement, “I wonder what book I’ll write when I care more about what God thinks than what people think” (p. 8). I think this is the type of mantra on which each of us should cling and hang on to for the sake of our own lives. This encourages both exploration and the freedom of expression. Is this not natural for a child to do?
Right now my daughter, Adaleigh (age 3), is still exploring different areas of life within her environment. This is how she grows. She finds excitement in what appears to be simple matters to adults (really, just older children). She finds enjoyment in exploring her environment and loves to share her excitement with those around her.
This blog seeks to maintain this same kind of carefree exploration and expression. Exploring in places where we are meant to explore as children of God.
Why is it that we do not share our views more freely? What consequences are so haunting that we are willing to move into a cave within our inner world and hide our authentic selves? Perhaps a bit of the answer can be found in the artful fiction of theologian C.S. Lewis.
“Bent creatures are full of fears” ― C.S. Lewis,
In his space trilogy, C.S. Lewis has a species known as the sorns (an unselfish species) who meet a human being (aptly named Ransom). The reference to human beings being “bent creatures” refers to our state of sin. We are creatures designed for relationship (Gen. 2:18), however we are hurt by sin where we are relationally divided by from God and even each other. We are all wounded travelers journeying to the city of wholeness.
We are not hopeless. The Gospels (good news) speaks to each wounded traveler. It meets each traveler where they are regardless of tragedy or marginalization.
This blog hopes to be a sacred space that tells the story of sacred identity where the reader finds that they are not alone.
© M. Keith Sartin, Jr.