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If our self-identity is rooted in anything we possess, whether it be our racial or cultural heritage, educational ability, theological scholarship, wealth, social prestige, religious devotion, ‘meritorious works’, political power, moral achievments, or whatever, that identity will always divide us from others who lack that particular possession

October 13, 2009

If our self-identity is rooted in anything we possess, whether it be our racial or cultural heritage, educational ability, theological scholarship, wealth, social prestige, religious devotion, ‘meritorious works’, political power, moral achievments, or whatever, that identity will always divide us from others who lack that particular possession. Language, Culture, Religion, Education, Science…all these, while either neutral or good in themselves, become causes of human division whenever they are sources of human identity. And they become sources of human identity when we reject the identity God confers on us. The attempt to ‘make ourselves’ through what we do, in whatever area of human action, stands in contradiction to divine grace.

Vinoth Ramachandra, The Recovery of Mission pp.266-7

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