In times of crisis or natural disaster, the normal rule of law is often overlooked. Thus, when Hurricane Katrina brought mass flooding to New Orleans, looters were rampant, taking whatever they could find and carry. These acts of transgressions were excused as people were forced to go into survivor mode.
People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving, Proverbs 6:30.
In the days when Israel was a thriving nation, a similar mindset occurred. Anyone thought to steal due to hunger pains wasn’t as criticized as one who committed crimes out of greed. Nonetheless, Jewish law stated that anyone caught would have to pay back 7 times the amount stolen, Thus, crime doesn’t pay, costing more than its worth.
Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house, Proverbs 6:31.
Solomon takes this concept one step further, comparing adultery to stealing. This analogy is considered out of date by Hollywood, especially as the biblical concept of marriage fades from American culture. This moral decline reveals a downward trend with no end in sight. Despite the lack of a moral conscience, its essential to spread the word that poor decisions cost more than a moment of pleasure is worth.
by Jay Mankus