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Acts 21 - Identity and Belonging

Acts 21 - Identity and Belonging

Acts 21:20-25Paul is vehemently attacked by the Jewish Christians. Jewish Christians side with the Jews against one of their own. Why?The inclusion of Gentiles without becoming a Jew is felt as a threat to their identity. That fear is worded in the rumors that Paul is convincing even Jews to stop practicing the law. This is false but it captures how they feel, their identity is being attacked.They have idolized identity. They believe their value comes from identity. And identity needs borders, and borders separates.Against this idolization of identity is Paul’s life built on belonging to Christ. He sees that identity cannot be the source of his life. His connection to Christ trumps identity. So Paul says, in many different places and in different wordings, “In Christ there is no Jew or Gentile.” This gives him openness to other identities and fluidity of his own identity. So he practices his Jewish vow and then walks down main street with his Gentile friend.Practically speaking, that b