DayBreaks for 9/20/18: Signing With Your Real Name
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2008:
From Bizarre News, 9/8/08: Iowa City, Iowa – “Police say an Iowa man accused of credit card theft forgot who he was supposed to be and allegedly signed his real name on credit card slips. Kody David Merrival, 21, of Iowa City, Iowa, was arrested after an unidentified man told police that his wallet had been stolen and his credit cards were being used, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Thursday. Police say Merrival allegedly used the card for his own account at a coffee house in the city and signed his real name on a slip for a carton of cigarettes, the Press-Citizen reported. Police caught up with him when he allegedly tried to make a purchase at a deli. Merrival, who allegedly confessed to using the credit card but denied stealing the wallet, has been charged with an aggravated misdemeanor, the Press- Trust reported.”
OK, no Iowa jokes, OK? It is my home state where I was born. But, you have to admit, it appears that not everyone in Iowa is very bright. Perhaps Mr. Merrival was born in Nebraska(???)
It’s interesting how so many criminals try to hide their identity. I’m sure that most of them do it because they don’t want to be caught, but part of me wonders if they perhaps are also ashamed and don’t want anyone to know who they are for that reason as well. Regardless, in a case of fraudulent use of a credit card, it’s not unusual to use a fake name. For a while, unless the criminal is really not very smart, they can get away with it. For a while, they don’t have to be accountable for their actions and cheating.
Judgment day will be a bit of a different story. On that day, when the great and small alike stand before the Almighty, there won’t be fake credit cards, there won’t be any masks to cover any faces. We will all have to sign with our real name when the time comes. The time will have come, as the saying goes, to “pay the piper.” What a relief it will be for believers to know that the payment has been made and we will have nothing to fear.
PRAYER: Please keep us from being frauds, Lord. Let us be genuine and honest, providing honest things in the sight of all people and especially You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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