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How does vandalism contradict the heart of the second table of God's law?


Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

- Psalm 82:3

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.

- Proverbs 19:17

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself. but shall not be heard.

- Proverbs 21:13

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever.

- Proverbs 29:14


    Melvin had purchased an older model car and spent hours removing its rust, sanding, and repainting it. After a great deal of time and effort, his car looked very nice. His father had constructed a special mailbox and post which were installed along the country road where they lived. His mother loved gardening and had put two large flowerbeds along the front of their property and the side of their driveway.

    Late one night, a group of guys, "for fun," stopped in front of Melvin's house as well as a few other houses in his neighborhood. They scratched up Melvin's car with a knife, smashed the mailbox, and drove back and forth over the flowerbeds.

    How is this act of vandalism an act of rebellion, of stealing, and of disrespect for others?

    Mr. Harding owns several apartment houses in an inner-city area. Most of his renters are very poor. When one falls behind in his rent, Mr. Harding charges him 21 percent interest, while he is paying only 10 percent on his loan from the bank. Many of his tenants cannot move - they cannot afford Mr. Harding's charges, but there are no cheaper apartments available.

    Mr. Harding attracts renters by his cheap rates, but makes extra from them through his excessive interest rates. Once behind, many of his tenants cannot establish themselves anymore, for the high interest rates, in addition to their monthly rent, keeps them poor, but makes Mr. Harding very wealthy.

    How is Mr. Harding breaking the eighth commandment with his rental property?


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