Identity Theft


According to the FBI, Identity Theft occurs when someone wrongfully obtains another’s personal information without their knowledge to commit theft or fraud. Since fiscal year 2008 through the middle of fiscal year 2013, the number of identity theft-related crimes investigated by the Bureau across all programs have resulted in more than 1,600 convictions, $78.6 billion in restitution, $4.6 billion in recoveries, and $6.8 billion in fines. Identity theft victims suffered more than $24.7 billion in direct and indirect losses in 2012 — that’s more than the combined $14 billion in losses consumers experienced from other types of theft (burglary, motor vehicle theft and other property theft) in the same period. Needless to say, Identity Theft is a huge problem.

Identity Theft occurs in other ways in the lives of people at an even more alarm rate. In this world, there are many distinguishing characteristics that define who people; yet, so many people are undefined. They spend so much of their lives trying to establish who they are. As one who has worked in schools the past twenty-four years, I have first-hand knowledge of seeing children, even adults, feverishly trying to fit in to establish some identity. Because people have no concept of the purpose of their creation, their suffer Identity Theft in the millions. In fact, they are aiding in the thefts of their identities.

The prince of this world has a goal of robbing man of his identity in Christ Jesus. That is, for man to have a personal relationship with God, his creator, through the person of Jesus Christ. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but as a result of our sin, our iniquities have separated us from God; our sins have hidden His face from us so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)  As with Identity Theft, people want a solution to that problem. Once more, God offers us that through the person of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus’ Identity Was Questioned throughout the Gospels and here in John. If Jesus’ identity was questioned or attempted to be stolen, we know that we are subject to the same experiences. In Luke 9:46, we see the disciples arguing about who would be the greatest among them. Clearly, an issue with the loss of identity. In another yet more poignant case, we see Judas as a prime example of one experiencing an identity crisis. Because Judas was prompted by satan (v.21,27), he experienced Identity Theft at an enormous cost. He sold out Jesus and damned his soul eternally.

As Jesus prepared his disciples for His death, burial and resurrection in John 13, He provides the solution for Identity Theft. 

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Jesus stated that He wanted His followers to be known by their love. It is a distinguishing feature beyond every other attribute because everyone wants to be loved. After all, that is why so many experience Identity Theft in the first place. Love is the attribute that Jesus wants us to ascribe; yet, we find it so hard to put others above ourselves even those closest to us.

For the believer, we are told When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:42 Timothy 1:9 says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, butChrist lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Jesus offers protection against Identity Theft. Will you accept his coverage?

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