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RELIGION: Don't be fooled by mistaken identities

There's a story of a carjacking that was foiled at a Northern Virginia Shopping Mall. It seems as if an elderly grandmother had been given a gun by her son in which to protect herself. One day after she did her shopping she returned to the car wh...

There's a story of a carjacking that was foiled at a Northern Virginia Shopping Mall. It seems as if an elderly grandmother had been given a gun by her son in which to protect herself. One day after she did her shopping she returned to the car where she found four white males seated inside. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at them at the top of her voice, "I have a gun and I know how to use it. So get out of the car."

The four men hopped out and ran like mad, whereupon the lady proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back seat of the car and get into the drivers seat.

And there she discovered a small problem, her key wouldn't fit the ignition. Upon inspection she realized that her car was identical and parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station. The sergeant to whom she told the story nearly doubled over in laughter and then pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale white males were reporting a carjacking by a mad elderly white woman.

While we think that to be a funny story it can teach a lesson about mistaken identity. You see, there are many in our culture today who have a mistaken identity. They are people who are Christian in name only. They call themselves Christian but their lives and what they believe don't show themselves to be Christian.

So what is a Christian, you ask? Christian literally means, "little Christ." A Christian is someone who has given Jesus Christ complete control over their life. A Christian is someone who allows their faith to impact the way they live. To follow Christ is to identify with Him in every way. Does it mean you are always perfect? No, none of us are. It does mean that we strive to be perfect in thought, word and deed every day. So, do you know who you are, really? Or do you have a mistaken identity?

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Jason Benjestorf is the pastor of Safe Harbor Fellowship in Superior.Questions for him can be mailed to The Daily Telegram, 1226 Ogden Ave., Superior, WI, 54880 or sent via e-mail to editorial@superiortelegram.com or pastorbenje@yahoo.com .

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