This I Believe

David - Petersburg, Virginia
Entered on December 13, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: morality

Thou Shalt Not Steal

When the eight commandment was written, there was not

a big meeting in heaven. No one was in attendance, God did

not confer with the archangels, and Mr. Webster was not

there with his dictionary

The eight commandment does not contain the words “if no

one is looking”, or “if the door is not locked”, and no where

does it say “finders keepers”. It doesn’t say anything about

locking your valuables in the trunk, or even to be sure to

lock your car doors. No where does it say that it is ok to go

into someone else’s house if they are asleep, away on

vacation or just stepped out for the evening, and take the

TV or VCR, just because it is better than the one you have. It

does not suggest that you hire a security firm, put in alarms

or buy a gun for personal protection. It doesn’t say

anything about your credit being so bad that you can use

someone else’s identity. It doesn’t say anything about “it

was just laying there and no one was around, so I took it.”

Sure, ‘find a penny, pick it up, all that day you’ll have good

luck’, but anything bigger should be turned in.

It takes a whole lot less effort to earn the money to buy the

things you want than it does to figure out a way to steal it

from someone else.

The eight commandment, “Thou shalt not steal” is the shortest, and easiest to keep, or break, depending on

whether you are trying to interpret it or live by it.