Words from the Heart for Saturday April 17th, 2021
You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15 (NIV)
Do Not Steal
When it comes to theft, The Canadian Criminal Code makes a distinction between theft under $5000 and theft over $5000, depending on the value of the items stolen. In the case of theft under $5,000, the crown prosecutor can decide to handle the charge as either a Summary Offence or as an Indictable Offence. Of the two, indictable offences are the more serious and the court procedures are more complicated. If a person is convicted of an indictable offence, the penalties can be more severe.
As the drug problem increases in our society, so does the number of reports of theft. Those who have an addiction problem need to find some way to fund their habit, and the easiest way is to take it from someone else. But theft is nothing new. It is as old as sin itself, which is why God includes it in the Ten Commandments that He gives to the people of Israel. Exodus 20:15 simply says, “you shall not steal.” The person who is robbed always feels violated. Human beings have an innate sense of justice and this certainly true when it comes to theft. I recently read about a handicapped person who had just purchased a new powered chair. They needed it for mobility. They saved for months to buy it and just days after finally getting it, it was stolen. People in the community reached out and within days had provided enough for a new vehicle. If human beings can be this upset about someone being violated like this, God is even more so. Followers of Jesus are called to a high standard in all things. Theft is sin, and we are to avoid it.
These have been words from the heart.