If someone, say a newly released prisoner, has no options left, is it OK for him to shoplift? What would YOU do in this position?
I remember a few winters ago a homeless man who had found a convenience store to camp near (this was unusual because we live in a fairly rural neighborhood). It was a safe situation, so I gave him food two or three times until he disappeared after about five days. Was this right to give him food? Some people might not think so because it would enable the man to *continue his lifestyle.* I understand this. I also know that many homeless people have mental illnesses for which they've gone off their meds and can no longer integrate back into society without outside assistance.
I don't give money to people who beg because I believe it's likely to be spent on alcohol or drugs. I DO donate money to Salvation Army and a soup kitchen in the area, and figure they have the resources to help homeless people so much better than I can.
This is an interesting interview posted last week from a vicar who says, yes, under dire circumstances it's OK to shoplift. You can see the video HERE.
I don't think I agree with him, although he HAS pointed out an important social behavior: if those who have don't give, then what can those who don't have do? It's a convicting question. The economy is terrible right now and donations for charities are way down. People don't have as much to give.
I'd love to hear what you think!
(This news report was posted on 12/22, so I'm going to hope it's still there.)
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