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Vandalism reflects a rebellious spirit - rebellion against God, the Owner of all things; and against others, the delegated owners. Vandalism portrays rebellion against authority and the ownership of property. The eighth commandment requires care and concern for the possessions of others; vandalism conveys a totally opposite spirit - the willful destruction of another's property for "the fun of it."

Usury refers to the charging of excessively high interest rates to another or the requiring of interest rates from those in very poor circumstances, who cannot afford them. Scripture condemns usury; it forbids the rich from seeking to become richer in a way which makes the poor poorer. Usury directly contradicts the selfsacrificing spirit of love, concern, and helpfulness toward others which God's law requires.

The following stories illustrate this truth.


    Leonard wanted a tachometer for his car, but he could not afford its $75 price. One afternoon he was approached by two guys who asked him if he wanted to buy a brand new tachometer for ten dollars. Leonard looked at their tachometer. It was exactly the type he wanted and brand new - it was still in its store package. He knew that they must have stolen it to sell it so cheaply, but he decided not to ask, but to buy it.

    That evening, he installed the tachometer on his dash. However, his conscience told him clearly that he was doing wrong. In the following days, as his friends noticed it and told him what a neat "tach" it was, his conscience spoke all the louder. When others asked him where he got it and how much it cost, he lied and his conscience really pounded. Soon he could not even look at it, and after three weeks he decided he had to get rid of it.

    Leonard worked extra hours, saved enough to buy a new tachometer, and with a deep sense of relief and joy, he returned the stolen one to the store he thought it was stolen from and installed his new one.

    The new tachometer was identical to his old one. Why did Leonard enjoy the use of his new one while he was distressed by the old one?

 

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

- I Samuel 24:5

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

- Luke 6:31

If thou lend money to any of My people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

- Exodus 22:25

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

- Proverbs 28:8

 

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