On Intersectionality and the Kingdom

You may have heard the buzzword “Intersectional” bandied about on the interwebs and elsewhere. As Wikipedia describes it, “Intersectionality considers that various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, disability and gender, do not exist separately from each other but are interwoven together.” We all carry these different labels, some come attached with certain ideas about privilege and some with certain baggage. For instance, here are some of mine, some of which may give you a feeling of greater affinity for me and others which will almost certainly trigger certain prejudices.

I am Hispanic

I am White

I am part Jewish (or at least so says 23andMe)

I am the product of a lower-middle class upbringing

I am a person with a chronic illness and a heritable risk for cancer

I am a college graduate

I am overweight

I am a bookworm

I am a Trekkie

I am an ambivert

I am a libertarian

I am pro-life

I am a cis-gender woman

I am heterosexual

I am a science student

I am an evangelical Christian

I am a dog person

I am a millenial

All of those labels are part of my identity. All of those labels tell you something about me, but none of those labels tells the full story. And I would be willing to wager that no one label, or even collection of labels, tells the full story about who you are either.

But more importantly, there is one label that the bible says matters most of all, more than any other labels we or society can give ourselves.

I am saved by grace.

It is because of this one label I can affirm what Paul says in Galatians 3, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

What labels do you carry? Do any of them feel like a burden? Do any of them feel like a blessing? Share your comments below!

 

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