Aug 23, 2009

Hey, I found a Twenty…

If you visit London soon, be on the lookout for pickpockets.  Actually, seek them out, it might fatten your wallet.  You see, a London-based broadband company has hired former pickpockets to use their skills to put money into your pockets.  Yes, you read that correctly.  During the month of August, slight-of-hand experts are wandering throughout major tourist sections of London to distribute £100,000 in £5 to £20 notes to unsuspecting visitors. 
 

In a normal world, pickpocketing is a crime.  According to the FBI, in 2006 there were an estimated 6.6 million larceny theft crimes in the United States.  Approximately 0.4% (or 26,000) were classified as pickpocketing.  The good news is that pickpocketing crimes have been declining.  (That’s probably how the company found out-of-work pickpocketers.)  The bad news is that pickpocketers have become high-tech.  Now pickpocketers steal your wallet, go back to their vehicle and make a fake driver’s license with their picture.  Then they use the card to purchase large-ticket items.  Last month, police arrested a 200-member Chicago-based pickpocketing gang whose crime spree went into the millions.  Another pickpocket gang uses two people.  One peeks at your PIN number inside while another takes your wallet outside.  

Now maybe it’s just me, but I do not like this idea.  Sure it sounds great at first...  after a long day visiting London tourist attractions, you find a 20-pound note ($32) in your back pocket.  But if you’ve ever talked to someone who has been robbed, there are two crimes that take place.  Sure, they are upset about losing their property.  But they are equally upset with the feeling of being violated. Think about it.  How would you feel if you knew that a professional pickpocket was close enough to take your wallet… but instead gave you a few bucks?  Yeah, I know, take the money and run.

But this is exactly how Satan operates.  He encourages us to focus on the end result without thinking about how we got there.  “Well, you got twenty pounds, what are you complaining about”.  Sometimes we don’t even realize we’ve been violated.  We’re so happy with the outcome, we don’t even stop to think about the process.  In other words, the end justifies the means.

Praise be to God we have an advocate watching out for us.  The Holy Spirit sees everything that Satan does to us, even when we don’t.  And the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin… even those we didn’t even think about because we were so pleased with the outcome. 

Blessings,


Pastor David Hook