Who do you say that I am? / by Dr. Tyrone Ceaser



Most of my childhood, teenage years, and a good portion of my adult years were spent trying to figure out the truth about family - my biological family. I simply couldn't get over the hump of why a family would give up their own. After I realized that I wouldn't likely ever find them, I set on a path to find the best people to imitate, to emulate, and to train me in the ways of being black, being a scholar, being a man, and being a Christian. Whether or not I was aware of that is irrelevant. That's indeed - what I did for the last 20 or so years.  As a child, you really don't have a choice in who and how you imitate. But as a man, aren't we to put away childish things (or, is that me imitating again...?)?


When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


At one point late in college, and immediately after I finished school, I realized that I had become someone I couldn't even recognize. "Who do I say I am?". The world tells us -no -  inspires us to emulate. It tells us to model ourselves after it. It tell us, that in order to be successful, we must "Read this!" "Write that!" "Follow him!" "Eat this!" "Tweet that!".  Even the 'church' tells us, "Don't listen to this!" "Don't wear that!" "Don't say this!" "Pay this amount, every month!". When do we - when do I - realize that if it were true, things might be different?

According to Christian belief, Jesus asked Simon Peter who he though Jesus was. Simon was firm in his answer. It was as if, in that moment of question, he brought all of his personal experiences of Jesus, all of his intimate moments with Christ, and all of his dealings in life to one conclusion - Jesus is here, in front of me, and he's the son of the Living YHWYH. They were no one else's experiences but his own. He said it, because of what he found to be true.

Can we do that without 100k followers, 200,000 likes, and 546 friends?