By Ben Baumann
Raise your hand if you have a Facebook account. Just about everyone does. Peter Rollins, giving an illustration on the topic of identity, said once that a Facebook profile is a tool that can allow us to create a false identity that we can present to others. They see pictures of us, but only the best ones; they see our favorite movies and books but only the ones we know they won’t get offended by. But eventually we begin to fool ourselves into thinking that we’re the false identity we create. It’s a load to unpack to be sure but the idea is that we can lose ourselves in a false identity. Juxtapose this with an organization like Alcoholics Anonymous where one has to give up the false identity that says “I can quit whenever I want” in order to find who they really are meant to be. I think God wants us to be who we are, a beloved child of God, so that we are free to love and serve others.