Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Identity Theft

I’m on hold with my bank. I was going over my bank statement and noticed a withdrawal that I hadn’t made, or at least I couldn’t remember making. I got on line with the vendor and worked through the transaction. They were quick to refund the money. According to identityforce.com “By the Numbers. Consider these identity theft statistics: In 2017, 6.64 percent of consumers became victims of identity fraud, or about 1 in 15 people. That equals 16.7 million victims last year, an increase of 1 million from 2016.”

This isn’t the first time I have had fraudulent charges on an account. It is disappointing whenever it happens because it reinforces the fact that there are evil people who are willing to cheat people, and potentially destroy their lives, all for the sake of accumulating wealth. 

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Identity theaft isn’t new, it is the oldest sin in the world (and you thought it was prostitution). In Genesis we are taught that man is created in the image of God, but that image (our identity) was stolen by the serpent when he deceived Eve in the garden. The cost to mankind has been incalculable. Greed, jealousy, anger, murder, idolatry, pride, slander, parental dissobedience, rape, spousal abuse... and on it goes. The world was plunged into a debt it could never recover from. 

God, however, has loved us so much, that he dealt with the fraud and made a repayment plan that placed the cost on himself. Our identity is now in Christ, and as we trust in Him we are being conformed to his image daily. Take that, identity theif! I’m just saying.

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