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"Porch Pirates" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Well, it finally happened to me. I was the victim of a porch pirate. I guess I knew it would happen sooner or later.

I read the other day that 25 million Americans have their packages stolen right from their doorstep every year. In fact, 36 percent of us have, at least once, had a package stolen from outside of our house.

An article in the New York Times reported that 90,000 packages disappear each day in New York City. That is almost incomprehensible. Ninety thousand packages.

Some states are starting to fight back. In Texas, package thieves could face up to 10 years in prison under a new state law. A South Carolina bill would make package theft a felony.

It just seems so brazen to me, for someone to walk up to your front door and steal something that belongs to you, sometimes in broad daylight.

The eighth commandment says, “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15) But so often today, this commandment is ignored, along with the other nine found in the book of Exodus, chapter 20.

Some day when we stand before God in judgment, we will all have a lot to answer for, certainly including me. But do you know who else will be there? Porch pirates!

At any rate, congratulations to the porch pirate who came to my front door. The package they stole was hardly worth the effort. It only had two cans of shaving cream. A generic brand at that. I hope they enjoyed it.

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