Sunday, February 26, 2006

Today's prodigal sons.


Yesterday, my church, Northern Hills sponsored a session on Identity Theft given by the District Attorneys office. It was quite good.

One of the things that stuck out is that our senior citizens are the primary target of identity theft. Since this has hit my family twice, Marj and I went.

The one thing that I keep thinking about since then are not the means to prevent identity theft, an important thing to know but the statement that crystal meth is the primary driver for identity theft. He showed the booking photos of one ring. The leader had an MBA, one other person worked at the post office. The rest (10-15 people) were skimming mailboxes, dumpster diving, stealing wallets, etc.

When Marj was talking about this to a friend the picture of the "Prodigal Son" popped into my head. In The Message, Luke 15:16 says:
He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
As Cary, the presenter with the Case partnership told me, these are desperate people. The thing that is hard to remember when you are a victim is that just like the story of the prodigal son, God still loves them.

1 comment:

Rob said...

It is a lot easier to think of prodigals as desperate people eating pig food, rather than as someone preying on others. As you point out so well, God sees a desperate person as a desperate person. Good reminder!