Thursday, September 22, 2016

Looting is Stealing

Looting doesn't solve problems. Its real name is stealing. Sometimes the looters are hurting their own ethnic group. That was the case in Ferguson, Missouri when two businesses owned by African American women were trashed and property taken.

Natalie DuBose owns Natalie's Cakes and More. It was damaged. She is in business now because of local people that came to lend a hand and donate and because of people that donated at Go Fund Me. The Fashions R Boutique owned by Juanita Morris was looted too. She also got help from donations at Go Fund  Me.

Here are some Bible quotes about stealing.

The 8th commandment: "Thou shalt not steal."

Catholic thought says that the 8th commandment is part of loving your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 10:19
"You know the commandments: 'Do not murder,' 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not give false testimony,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and mother.'"  Mathew 15:19
"For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies."

It is wrong to steal and destroy people's property. Destroying is like stealing because the robber is causing the owner to loose money. The building has to be repaired. The supplies have to be replaced. 

Though there may be problems in a community that need solving, rioting and looting aren't solutions to said problems. 

Let all Christians pray for peace and constructive solving of difficulties.

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