Wednesday morning, I was doing my usual routine when I come to the office. Part of that routine is to look at Facebook. As I was perusing the posts that had been posted, my eye was caught by one of those “suggested posts.” The headline read, “13 life hacks that everyone should try at least once.”
As I mentioned, I was intrigued by this, so I opened the “story.” Essentially, they were telling you how to cheat the system by doing things that, while not ethical or moral, you likely would not be “caught.”
Let me share a couple of examples.
The article said that if you are in line at Target and question the price of an item that is less than $20, the cashier has been instructed to just give it to you for whatever price you say it is supposed to be. Target, apparently, feels this is more cost efficient then holding up the line for something of “so little value.”
Another one suggested that if you want a free breakfast, simply walk confidently into a hotel that serves a free breakfast and help yourself.
I never actually made it through the entire list...to many advertisements. But most of the other things I did read were similar to these...try being just a little dishonest...no one will really care and it could net you a profit (or at least a bit of a thrill). When I tried to go back and look for other examples, I could not find the post...it seemed to have been removed: imagine that!
The world says is that it is OK to tell a “little white lie, after all, Target makes billions of dollars so if you tell the cashier that the shoes that rang up for $19.99 were marked on the shelf as $9.99 the only one getting hurt is Target.”
The problem is that Jesus would tend to disagree with you. Jesus tells us, in Luke 16:10-11, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
That “free” breakfast may not be costing the hotel much, but that is not the point. The point is that everything we do is to be done for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and anything we do that is dishonest brings, not glory and honor, but shame and dishonor to God.
So, is it really worth it?