The morning conversation with my husband went something like this:
Matt: B, did you purchase tile?
Matt: Bianca, did you purchase $6,000 worth of tile flooring?
Me: Do I look like the woman who would purchase $6,000 worth of flooring tile?! You must not know me at all. Now, if it was $6,000 worth of shoes, then maybe I would own that. But tile? No way, Jose!
After 9,274,104 phone calls to our credit card company, the payment was reversed and we had to file identity theft charges. The ironic part of this whole situation is that I didn’t even flinch when Matt asked me. I have been a victim of identity theft four separate times and with each time, the purchases get more comical. The round-trip tickets and vacation getaway to Tulum, Mexico? Not me. The 16 charges at Walmart and Cracker Barrel? Nope, definitely not me. The Domino’s pizza order totaling more than $350? Yup, not me either. So when the charges of flooring tile hit the credit card, I didn’t even flinch.
I’ve gone through this before. It’s nothing new. It will not change who I am.
Beware of the Thief
Jesus warns Christians of identity theft. Before the World Wide Web even existed, our early fathers had to deal with the same drama. states that Jesus told his followers that the thief [Satan] comes to kill, steal, and destroy but that Jesus comes to bring abundant life.
If you have never been a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft, I’ll tell you that it’s horrible. You are stolen of your ability to know and defend truth. Your credit is killed (even if just for a moment). Your reputation is destroyed. Steal. Kill. Destroy.1