Article 1 of Life in Godliness
“I am a god / Even though I’m a man of God / My whole life in the hands of God / So y’all better quit playing with God” – Kanye West, “I Am a God”
Every day, the world tells us that we need to stand out from the crowd, that our identity is dependent on how many people notice us. Every day, the media bombards us with flamboyant personalities and celebrities who go to greater and greater lengths to get attention. Every day, countless girls despise their own bodies, driving themselves to starvation for a perfect body that people will notice. Every day, countless guys resort to recklessness and violence in an attempt to prove themselves as men worthy of notice. But Christians can live free from the hopeless images and laws of the world, as we have died and been reborn with our identity in Jesus. Sadly, however, because we live in a fallen world, remnants of our old, sinful identity remain. Thus, we must rely on the constant outpouring of grace from the Holy Spirit. And we must remember that we are not alone. We should surround ourselves with fellow believers who will encourage us to stand strong in the Word of God and keep ourselves modest. And that is why I have written the following essay, to encourage my fellow believers to stay strong in Christ. The following work is the result of years of personal discovery, research, and quite a lot of advice from people older and more spiritually mature than myself. I therefore pray that God will use my words to encourage, convict, and build up other believers to be stronger and bolder in their faith, and to resist the world, the flesh, and the Devil.