Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
One of the biggest problems I find in the shipping industry is theft. I have heard of many claims over the years in which the problem was something stolen. Insurance can cover some of the loss, but that doesn’t help the customer, who was expecting whatever was stolen to arrive in good order, especially if it is something valuable, and perhaps they were hoping to sell it for a good price.
Over the years, I have dealt with theft at my work place. There was the incident in which I’d loaded a fifty three foot trailer with Christmas supplies for a certain customer. The supplies never arrived. Even worse, the trailer itself was missing. I don’t know what the final resolve was on that issue, but it is one that I’ll never forget. Another issue I remember well happened when I used to run the in house postal department. It was discovered by video surveillance that a member of the crew was stealing food product that was supposed to broken down and repackaged for delivery via parcel post. I don’t suppose that it need be said that the employee involved, along with two others who were suspected of assisting him, was terminated.
It should come as no surprise that the Bible is actually quite clear about theft. Before even posting what the Small Catechism says, I can sum it up in a nutshell. Don’t.
The Seventh Commandment.
Thou shalt not steal.
What does this mean?–Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business [that his means are preserved and his condition is improved].
Really, do I even need to explain this one? I hate to say it, but this really should be one of the most obvious of the commandments, yet it is so easy to break. Worse, it doesn’t even have to be physical property, it can be digital media, such as pictures and memes. Basically, if you claim something that you didn’t create, you are stealing.
What then? Am I here to bash you over the head with the law? No. Not hardly. I have stolen things in my past. I am as guilty as anyone. Truthfully, if you even have considered stealing something, you’ve broken this commandment. Yes, I know, bitter pill for some. However, that is the truth of it. To that end, no matter whether we have actually stolen, or just considered it, we are all guilty of theft.
Repent. Yes, repent. Even I repent of my sins, and quite regularly. We are all sinners, and we all need a savior. Christ Jesus is that savior. Even from the sin of theft. By dying upon the cross, and then rising again from the grave, Christ Jesus brings up both pardon for sin, and the promise of eternal life.
Nothing should just “fall off the truck”. There is no place for theft in our society. There is no place for theft within the church. We are all help accountable for our actions by God. To that end, we should repent of our sins, and seek to sin no more, yet trusting that Christ died for our sins that we may be forgiven. However, that does not excuse or justify sin. Theft is a sin, and it is even punishable by the courts, with jail time and fines. Let’s just not go there, OK?
We can make the shipping industry better by doing all we can to prevent theft. In doing this, we are actually helping our neighbor, which there is no command against. Not only will preventing theft help our neighbor, but it will also help us to preserve our jobs, and our integrity. In doing this, we keep this commandment. Should be simple enough. I can only pray it is so.