I have been conducting this poll for some time now, and I have decided to close it. The results weren’t all that surprising, except for the slave section. This is a surprise to me that it would come in second. The child of God selection was completely expected though. Most “Christians” today believe they are children of God and we are. Don’t misunderstand me, I know this, and accept it. We are children of God, blessed, highly favoured, imputed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ and delivered from damnation.
But we cannot dismiss the reality that the Christian is described as doulos, or slave. We have been bought with a price, we are not our own. Once we have been saved by the sovereign hand of God, we give up our rights, identity and lives and we become His property. We become His slaves. How many times do you remember Paul calling himself a bond servant? The word is slave in the Greek. We are children of God, heirs to a promise, but we are most importantly slaves of Christ Jesus.
I think it’s important that we keep perspectives where they should be. Keeps first things first, and always remember where we have come from and who we are now. Keeping this in line will help us understand our rights and privileges as Christians. It will also keep us from getting puffed up and arrogant thinking we are something greater than we are.
And for the one vote who thinks he is an extension of the godhead, I have one piece of advice: Be afraid, be very afraid…