There wasn’t much brotherly love being shown yesterday down in Philadelphia, Mississippi or in several other cities. Thanks to a glitch in the EBT system the true colors of many of the program’s recipients were revealed in a dark way. The financial limits on the cards became non-existent in the digital world and so did the moral compass of the card holders in the real world, all resulting in a scene that store employees in Springhill, Louisiana described as “worse than any black Friday.”
People who knew better (people who knew what their card limits were) ignored the better and whatever conscience they had by loading up their shopping carts full of food and heading right to the cash register; or should I say the EBT register because they weren’t spending their own cash! And when the glitch was finally fixed many of the people simply walked out the door without paying for it.
Now here’s the big question. What difference was there in the actions of the two parties mentioned above? The answer is none! One stole just as much as the other stole. One used stolen money to buy food while the others stole the food without money. It’s six in one hand and half-a-dozen in the other.
What happened was out right wrong. It doesn’t matter whose fault the glitch was – what matters is the way people responded to the glitch.
“Let him who was a thief be so no longer, but let him do good work with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him who is in need.” (Ephesians 4:28 – BBE)
“For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 – BBE)