In today’s world, we are all at risk of having our identity stolen. We call this crime “identity theft”.
But do we realize that identity theft begins at birth? Alfred Kinsey and other humanists attempted to steal away our true identity when they theorized that “children are sexual from birth”. But children are not sexual from birth, not in the way that Kinsey meant. It is not normal or beneficial for a child to engage in sexual activity. While it is true that a boy or girl will, with maturity, develop sexual desires and have sexual inclinations, it is hardly true that a boy or girl should be defined by those desires or inclinations. We are not, first and foremost, “sexual beings”. We are male or female persons called by God’s name and created for His purpose. We are not primarily “sexual beings” but spiritual beings with body, mind and soul. Our identity and how we live based on that identity has eternal ramifications.
We humans are not the first to have our identity challenged.
Not long after His Baptism, the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Satan literally challenged Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.
How did Jesus respond? “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7).
When Satan persisted in challenging Jesus’ identity, the Son of God replied, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve’” (v.10).
In today’s world, there is the very real risk of “identity theft”. It happens when our credit card or personal information is stolen. It is a crime.
But the subtle and far more dangerous identity theft that is practiced by the culture and in sex education classrooms should be recognized and resisted by every believer in Jesus Christ. When children are sexualized, we can respond, “Be gone, Satan!”
Let us not put the Lord God our Creator and Redeemer to the test. He has made male and female for His glory and purpose, not our own.
He has called us by name. We are His.
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