Today I’m peacin’ out of California and heading back home to the ROC.
Starting out at a bumpy start.. my plane got delayed and I got rerouted.. resulting in me not getting home till 11:48pm tonight.
Now I’m an airport lover, so this isn’t too big of a deal for me. But thats 12 hours. About which half is me sitting on my butt in two different airports. TIme to find something to do. Right?
I opened Chico (my macbook) and looked for some free internet to use. Turns out, NONE. All cost $$. I have $23.25 to my name because my debit card was shut off.
So using my intuitive thinking and technical experience I pulled out my iPhone and googled “Free wifi LAX airport”. I came up with this story that I found pretty interesting.
One of the latest scams is sweeping airports and public places nation wide. There are hackers that open up networks from their laptop computers disguised as “Free Public WiFi” connections. Once a bored, un-expecting traveler logs on (hmm..), this gives the hacker complete access to their computer. Any information that the user types or access goes straight through the hackers computer, giving them free reign over all information. They can also plant malicious software that can remain on the computer so the hacker can access it from wherever the user may travel.
So I take a look:
Notice how its a device and not a connection. A sign of the scam. Looks pretty appealing though right? If I saw that before I read about the scam.. I would have been SUCKED IN. (I was really bored). LAX is famous for these.
Now there are several places in scripture where believers are warned not to be taken astray by false teachers. Once being in Colossians starting in 2.8 when he says
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Now how many of us (myself included) take in every word our pastor spits out? Or the Christian author with the best-selling book? Most of us. But how do we know who we can listen to? Who knows what they are talking about and who doesn’t? If we listen to everybody, we could be letting ourselves be taken captive. We could be letting some malicious, dangerous stuff come in to our minds.
Now I am not saying that you shouldn’t listen to your pastor. I am not saying you shouldn’t read good books. But I am saying we should be careful. Because for in who does the fullness of God dwell bodily? Who is the head of all rule and authority? He is. That’s Christ. The author of Colossians is making it reallll obvious.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Any word we hear.. and message.. any podcast.. any book we read.. should be thought on with Christ and your Bible. Because we’re human. We’re pretty stupid. We’ll go for anything that’s packaged nicely. Bad teaching is often dressed very well.
FREE WIFI. Be careful what you click on!