In Reason for God, Tim Keller is explaining what sin is, and consequently what our purpose is. He refers to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard:
Kierkegaard asserts that human beings were made not only to believe in God in some general ways, but to love him supremely, center their lives on him above anything else, and build their very identities on him. Anything other than this is sin.
Interesting thought. I believe Keller in that our very identities are to be made and formed in Christ (and not as a husband, father, or financial planner). I agree that we can “deify” our professions and other identities. It’s a good reminder that as a young professional, I really need to be careful to assume my primary identity. Most of my time during the week is spent “being” a financial planner – the good thing is that I don’t have to take off the Christ identity in doing this, although it still seems to be a secondary trait. I can see how easy it is to confuse all these identities. Till next time, Jack.