The Victimless Crime

Jim Coyle

In the State of California, there are 3 crimes that are referred to as victimless crimes.  These crimes are illegal gambling, drug addiction and prostitution.  The reason these crimes are called victimless is that the people involved are “willing participants”, therefore there is no one being victimized.  In reality, there is no such thing as a victimless crime.  Even with “willing participants”, other people are affected.  When someone takes part in one of these crimes, it can affect their health, their family’s heath, finances, and their relationships.

In some people’s mind there are victimless sins.  You know the ones that really don’t hurt anyone, like not paying all your taxes because the government misuses the money anyway.  How about keeping the extra change at the store, or taking a few pens or supplies from work?  Or maybe thinking that it’s my body and I can do what I want with it.  Just as all crimes really have a victim, so do all sins.  As an example, let’s look at not paying taxes; it is a direct disobedience of God’s Word.  In Matthew 22:21, the Bible says, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”.  It can affect others by raising their taxes and not providing the services our taxes pay for.

The fact that there are no victimless sins is apparent when we examine the Bible.  In Exodus 20 we see that all of the commandments involve acts against God (verses 2-8) or people (verses 12 -17).

We need to understand that any sin we take part in has an affect on our walk with God and victimizes someone else.  Our daily actions have more affect on others than we realize; even habits that may not be sinful can have a profound effect on others.

Take some time today to contemplate how your actions will affect God , yourself, and others.

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