Stealing for Charity

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10

Back in college I remember having a conversation with one of my roommates about using his gifts for the kingdom of God. He indicated (jokingly) that his greatest talent was his ability to pull off flawless carjackings. So, we decided that he needed to car jack for Jesus. OK, not really, but that was the joke … jackin’ cars in the name of the Lord.

Clearly this runs afoul of decency and the Lord would not approve.

I bring this up because I caught a similar story today. Apparently some hackers swiped credit card information from Stratfor and made donations to charity. That’s right, they hacked into Stratfor’s private information, stole the credit card numbers of Stratfor clients, and gave the money to charities.

Now, I have seen no indications that these hackers claim to be doing what they do, err “exercising their gifts,” in the name of the Lord. For all I know they are liberal radicals who feel morally justified in ruling over anyone they can push around. Maybe they feel like customers of Stratfor are members of the evil, military-industrial complex, and should be “taxed” for their malevolence – with the proceeds going to the victims of their malfeasance. Heck, maybe they’re even right …

The point is, engaging in illegal or even immoral behavior for the purpose of achieving a moral goal isn’t the way we operate.

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