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Ponderings From the Parish Associate - November 2018

Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure

What is your identity? Over the past several years there has been growing concern about identity theft. Also, greater security concerns have led to more ways necessary to prove who you are. Recently I was walking downtown at lunch time and noticed that most everyone that passed had some type of name tag or photo id on a lanyard around there neck. In our high-rise buildings, this is now required to make sure that your being there is for a legitimate reason.

In Pennsylvania you soon will be required to obtain a new driver’s license that not only has your photo, date of birth, and height and weight, but has also verified by other documents who you are. No less than three forms of identity are necessary to obtain this “Real ID”. A birth certificate, a passport, a current driver’s license, a Social Security Card and perhaps a marriage license will need to be presented.

I remember two items that come to mind in the Christian community. One is the lyrics of the hymn “They will know we are Christians by Our Love”. A second one is an excerpt from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s poem “Who Am I”?

Who am I? This or the Other? Am I one person to-day and to-morrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others and before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling? Or is something with me still like a beaten army fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved? Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.

What is your identity?

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