“Listen to how the fourth-century Roman historian Eusebius described the early Christian named Sanctus, when Sanctus stood before his torturers in the year AD 177: “with such determination did he stand up to their onslaughts that he would not tell them his own name, race, and birthplace or whether he was slave or free. To every question re replied, in Latin, ‘I am a Christian.’ This he proclaimed over and over again, instead of name, birth place, nationality and everything else, and not another word did the heathen hear from him.” Jonathan Leeman (pg32) from Church Membership
I am a Christian — is this my strongest and most prevailing identity and allegiance? Is my identification as belonging to Jesus more compelling than my age, gender, martial status, family ties, friendship circles, political persuasion, ethical stances, and more?
I am a Christian — is this the pulsating heartbeat of every decision, action, thought, emotion, desire that swirls around in me?