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The Worst Identity Theft

Georgia ranks second in the nation for identity theft. Technology has made it easy for criminals to steal people’s identities. The crime continues to be on the rise. There are many resources out there that educate people in taking steps to help in the prevention of being a victim of the crime.
“Identity Thief,” a crime comedy movie came out in July 2013 deals with the subject in an entertaining and funny way. Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) unknowingly gives his personal information to an identity thief, Diana (Melissa McCarthy), who runs up credit card debt in his name. He sets off in pursuit of the person who stole his identity. Eventually, she turns herself in and goes to jail.
Although a comedy, identity theft is no laughing matter. It can wreak havoc in the lives of the people who fall victim to it. Consequently, there are many people walking around trying to get their lives back on track after falling prey to the crime.
There is another form of stolen identity that has eternal ramifications. It happens when people believe the lies of the enemy instead of the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word declares that we were made in His image and likeness. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26:28 (KJV)
Many look to the world for approval and self-worth. Many young people feel that they should look or act a certain way and never see the value that God has given them when He created them. We need look no further than God and His word to find our meaning and purpose. We simply need to read the truth in God’s Word to find out who we are. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
As a believer, the Word declares that in Christ, we are become new; our old nature is gone. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
So while identity theft is a terrible crime, there is a far worse crime. It is the crime of not realizing the truth and value that God has placed on each life.