12th September 2019

Scams!

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”
Malachi 3:6 (NIV)

In my experience the majority of people we have contact with are decent and straightforward. However that belief has been tested by a number of scam phone calls and e-mails over the last few years. Calls about a car accident I have not had; calls and e-mails claiming to be from my telephone or broadband supplier; calls about Credit Protection Insurance; calls and e-mails about the most wonderful investment opportunities which will make me rich! There are calls that are supposed to come from our bank, claiming someone has been trying to access our account, inviting me to give my bank details or to move my money to a ‘temporary’ safe account!

Sadly, there are people who make a living, and in some cases a very good living, by trying to cheat, con or steal from us in ever more sophisticated ways by phone or e-mail fraud. It is disgraceful. It erodes trust!

So where do we go for absolute trust? To God, who operates on a totally different level than humanity. God’s promises are absolute and can be trusted. As the scripture above says, God does not change. In Titus 1.2 we are told that God cannot lie, unlike the scam merchants of today.

So while we should approach our fellow humans and life in a positive manner, only in God can we have absolute faith and trust. Despite what some people think and will say, Christianity is not a scam! In denying it, some people are scamming and deceiving themselves. Let us never doubt or fear that God will ever let us down, despite our trials in today’s world. On American currency it states, “In God we Trust.” That is a very good motto for us as Christians.

Prayer
Gracious Father, give us wisdom to live in a world that can be deceitful and untrustworthy; to be alert to people trying to scam us, but to never stop seeing the best in people, all of whom, like us, are made in your image. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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