by James Merritt

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To Catch a Thief (8 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:15


1. I have to admit it and I can't hide it. One of my favorite characters in fiction and one of my all time favorite movies is Robin Hood. Whether it is the version with Errol Flynn (who you baby-boomers will remember) or the version with Kevin Costner (who some of the younger generation will remember), I really loved the action, the swashbuckling fights, the romance, and the legendary archery skill that is displayed. Let's face it - they are fun movies and Robin Hood is a fun character. When you think of someone who is handsome, dashing, romantic, courageous, compassionate, kind and loyal - Robin Hood fits the bill.

2. There is one thing that we force ourselves to forget about Robin Hood or else it kind of ruins both the character and the story. It is this - the bottom line is Robin Hood was a crook. He was a thief. Even though he robbed from the rich, to give to the poor, the end does not justify the means.

3. A right motive does not justify a wrong method. Although his motive might have been right, Robin Hood was both a robber and a hood. The reason why everyone knows the name, Robin Hood, is for the simple reason that he lived his entire life breaking the eighth commandment which says,
"You shall not steal."
(Exodus 20:15, NASB)

4. Unfortunately, America has become a nation full of Robin Hood's. Not long ago, USA Today Magazine ran an article entitled, "How Honest Are Americans?" The article began this way:
Is stealing as American as apple pie? How honest is the average person? Would you steal if you knew for sure you wouldn't get caught? Did you ever feel you would be justified in stealing from your employer? Have you ever felt that the temptation to steal can just be too strong to resist?

Anyone looking for an honest man or woman in the U.S. today would have lots of problems according to Lousig Nont & Associ ...

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