Words from the Heart for Thursday January 16th, 2020
You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15 (NIV)
In Canada, theft charges fall into two categories: theft over $5,000 and theft under $5,000. Theft over $5,000 is the more serious of the two charges and it is a straight indictable offence for which you can face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Theft under $5,000 is a hybrid offence which means that the Crown will be able to choose to prosecute you either summarily or by indictment. If the Crown chooses to prosecute you by indictment, they will likely be seeking jail time.
With the increased use of drugs like opioids, local law enforcement agencies are being kept busy with an increase in petty theft, as addicts seek things to sell to maintain their habit. Our society is paying a high price and more and more people are forced to protect their homes and cars with security systems. If you’ve ever had anything stolen from you, you know the sense of being violated. It can take a long time to deal with all the emotions that come because of the robbery. The Bible calls God’s people to work for what we have. We are also called to help those who are struggling, so that they don’t have to turn to crime in order to survive. But ultimately, God gives this command in Exodus 20:15: “You shall not steal.” God calls His people to a high standard. Our focus must be on the things of the Kingdom of God, and not on the material possessions that drive the world. We are called to be content with what we have, recognizing that we have the Lord in our lives, the Provider of all good things.
These have been words from the heart.