Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Several years ago, my dad became fascinated with genealogy and created a remarkable history of our family tree dating back six generations. His research led him to a cousin, a professor at the University of Chicago, who had traced our family roots all the way back to Charlemagne—the great emperor of Western Europe who died in 814 AD. For many years, I took pride knowing I was a descendent of the famous king. On one occasion, I was recounting my illustrious lineage to Art, when he remarked, “Yeah, I’m probably a descendent of Charlemagne too. In fact, I bet half of the people you know are too!” He had a point but my feelings of prominence were crushed. Still, the thought of all those generations of family heritage says something about who I am.
Where do we come from? Do you feel the weight of that question? If you do, it’s because it has to do with our identity. People throughout history have pondered their identity and origins. The pursuit of origins is a fundamental question of life with significant ramifications. One science textbook bluntly stated the problem as follows: “If man is nothing more than a highly evolved animal, then he is to be congratulated for his struggle upward and is to be excused whenever he acts like an animal.” (Science: Matter & Motion (Pensacola FL: A Beka Book Publications, 1981), 493.)
But if humanity is God’s special creation, molded in his own image, then each life has worth, significance, and purpose. As you ponder your own identity, what thoughts come to mind? If you’re anything like me, you might appreciate a reminder…
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." (Romans 8:15-16)
- Brian C.
(Teleios Board Member)