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Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Occasionally I will check my credit report to make sure no one has stolen my identity. On one occasion, I could not remember my user name for the Experian website. So, I clicked on the "Forgot Username" button to have it sent to me by e-mail.

Then they wanted my birthdate and my Social Security number. Ten minutes later the e-mail arrived with my username. I went back to the Experian website and logged in without any difficulty.

But logging in was not enough. I remained locked out until I typed in the six-digit number they texted to my phone. Finally, I was in and the screen said, "Thank you for helping keep your identity secure!"

APPLICATION

Experian goes to great lengths to protect my identity. To log in as me, a thief would have to know my email, my login, my birthdate, my SS number, my cell number, and have my cell phone in their possession.  If someone had all that information they would be able to impersonate me, take out loans in my name, and cause me great harm.

Of even greater value, though, is my identity in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."  This new identity is also worth protecting.

According to Jesus, there is a thief who would like to steal this identity, and he does this by lying to us about who we are and what we have been given in Christ (John 10:10). 

We must be vigilant to maintain a strong sense of our spiritual identity in Christ, at least as vigilantly as Experian fights to protect our personal identity in this world.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:4,5, NKJV)

A New Identity

Humor Identity Die To Self

Source: "Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians"

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-06-18

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Author: N.T. Wright
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ILLUSTRATION

There is a story about Margaret Thatcher visiting a retirement community while she was serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  She walked around visiting with residents and shaking hands.  When it seemed like one woman did't recognize her, Thatcher asked, "Do you know who I am?"

"No," the woman replied, "But if you ask the nurse, she usually knows."

APPLICATION

In Christ, we are to intentionally forget who we were and take on a new identity.  Paul instructed the Galatians that following Jesus means letting our old selves die so we might take up a completely new self.

Have you forgotten who you were? Ask Jesus, He usually knows!

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Washington NAACP Head Not Really Black

Identity Justification (Positional) Racism

Source: “Race of Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP, comes under question” By Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho, posted CNN News, June 12, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-16

Scripture: Philippians 3:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Americans are still engaged in the heat of discussion concerning the issue of being transgender (sparked by the sexual identity transition of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner) as a new debate is forming—that of being transracial. As CNN and other news outlets are reporting:

(CNN) The race of one of the most prominent faces in Spokane, Washingto's black community is under question after her estranged mother claimed she is white but is "being dishonest and deceptive with her identity."
Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and has identified herself as at least partly African-American. But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two parents who say they are Caucasian. …

Dolezal is saying little about the allegations, but her birth parents are openly speaking their mind.

"We are her birth parents," Lawrence Dolezal told CNN on Friday. "We do not understand why she feels it's necessary to misrepresent her ethnicity."

Rachel was the Dolezal’s sole biological child, though she grew up with four black siblings who were adopted into the family. She later attended Howard University, a predominantly Black institution. At that point, Rachel was not yet representing herself to be black. Her parents suggested that it was't until around 2007 that she began actually representing herself that way.

Her parents say Rachel "has chosen to distance herself from the family."

"She has not explained to us why she is doing what she is doing and being dishonest ... with her identity," her mother said.

Since 2007, Rachel has represented herself as multi or bi-racial on a number of job applications and resumes.

Reporters from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, who spoke with Rachel directly about why she has chosen to misrepresent her racial identity, said that she wants to talk to local NAACP leadership before answering any questions.

"I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation," she said. "That question is not as easy as it seems," Dolezal told the Spokesman-Review. "There's a lot of complexities ... and I do't know that everyone would understand that."

Meanwhile, CNN reports that the hashtags #racheldolezal and #transracial were trending at the top of the Twitter feed, with many raising the issue and questioning the validity of whether a person could choose to cross racial lines just as many are now choosing to cross sexual lines.

*It should be noted that the NAACP stands by Dolezal, saying her contribution to civil rights and social justice speaks for itself. Her race, they say, is not of primary importance. They made no comment, however, about her obvious issues of honesty and integrity.

APPLICATION

As fascinated as the media might be with recent stories of identity confusion, whether transgender or transracial, there is an even more compelling story to tell. It's the story of every believer who has found a new identity in Christ. We are the "transrighteous," having left our old fallen identities behind in order to fulfill the one we have been granted in Christ.

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith" (Philippians 3:8-9).

American Idol Contestant Daniel Seavey Judged by God Alone

God's Judgment Identity Fame

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-10

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Isaiah 33:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Who Are You?

Identity New Birth Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: VERNON HAMMETT | Date Posted: 2014-09-22

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Author: VERNON HAMMETT
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French Jews Seeking Identity in Israel

Jesus, Messiah Identity Persecution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-19

Scripture: John 1:12

Author: Elizabeth Bryant
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A Gold Medal Is A Wonderful Thing

Contentment Self-worth Identity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Building Your Individuality

Individuality (Uniqueness) Identity Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-30

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:9

Author: Editors, Vision.org
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Bring A Better Face

Attitude Christlikeness Perspective

Contributed By: Kevin Truett | Date Posted: 2019-10-17

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 ; Romans 13:14

Author: Kevin Truett
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Spilling Your Coffee

Fruit of the Spirit Character Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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