I feel violated. Again. This time, someone used my name to send emails to my Facebook friends. Maybe “violated” is too harsh a word. My friends are smart enough to know the links to info about sex enhancement drugs or random job opportunities are not really from me.
But these kind of things are at the very least a nuisance (like the time someone tried to use our credit card number and we had to manage without a credit card for several days), and at their worst, they’re classified as identity theft.
Identity theft is a big concern in this computer age. We’re told that someone who knows what they’re doing can really mess with our lives, our reputation, and, they say, our identity. Dave Ramsey even suggests we buy “identity theft insurance” so that if our identities are stolen, someone will do all the work for us to get our information put to rights. It’s probably a good idea.
But identity theft isn’t really a new thing. I think back to the 6th grade, when a group of girls decided to spread lies about me. I felt as if my identity were being stolen right under my nose. As adults, the repercussions can be even more serious. Misunderstandings and false accusations can make even our closest friends wonder who we are.
As I changed passwords and security settings this morning—in hopes of retrieving my “identity”—I was reminded that, though people may tarnish or steal my reputation, as a Christian, my identity is secure. I already have identity insurance because of Christ’s sacrifice for me. That insurance policy says things like:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine!” (Isaiah 43:1b)
“Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
And my personal favorite:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
I pray that I never have earthly identity problems more serious than a hacked email account or suspicious credit card use. But if I do, I am ever thankful that my identity—that each of our identities—in Christ is eternally secure!
By Sandy MacMillan
AN ENCORE EDITION of the Women at the Well weekly devotional– from September 2012
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