From our earliest age, theft is probably the sin that lingers most in our memory. We learned the concept of what it means to take something that is not ours. The idea of getting something for nothing permeates our culture. Let us not be deceived into thinking sin is not that big of deal. All sin has a consequence.
I once read this headline: “Three Guilty of Manslaughter for Stealing a Stop Sign.” I am unaware of what these three young people, ages 19-21, were thinking. Perhaps they said to themselves, “It is just one stop sign, it is not that big of deal.” They may have believed just that…until one day three other teenagers died in a collision with a tractor-trailer because that stop sign was missing. God says, “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). In a sense, the sin of eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was a theft. I wonder if Adam and Eve tried to rationalize away their sin by saying, “It is just one piece of fruit.” Yes, it was, but the conscious act of disobeying God caused them to be banished from the beautiful garden. Be thankful you serve a God who loves you enough to forgive your sins, but do not be deceived, sin has consequences!