Okay, I’m going to vent here a bit. I’d rather you be prepared than caught off guard. By the way, I’m not complaining – just making some heart felt observations. Today, we discovered the 621 Building (Student Ministry) at Memorial had been broken into for the second time in a couple of weeks. Can you believe that? On the first attempt, the burglars stole a projections system, DVD player, a flat screen television, computer, mixer, keyboard, and other assorted electronics. They broke in through a side window next to the Defee Street entrance. This time, the perpetrators broke in through a side window on the Felton Street side (inside the courtyard). Apparently, there was also an attempt to forcibly enter the building through the front entrance on Sterling Street. Fortunately, the alarm was triggered and thwarted the thieves’ attempt in taking any additional goods from the building.
Here’s my beef. I think there are three sets of despicable people. Well, maybe more, but for my post here, I have three groups. First, there is the group of thoughtless people who swindle senior adults through online, home repair, and mail scams. You periodically hear of an unsuspecting older adult robbed of life savings or a significant amount of money due to the predatory tactics of some ruthless swindler. The second group is made up of people who take advantage of children by not providing, supporting, and encouraging them to thrive. There are people who don’t live up to their responsibility as a parent. Instead they use children as objects, attempting to live vicariously through them, or even neglecting their basic needs. My third group, people who steal from churches. I think it’s despicable when people steal from the local church. This behavior is seen through various means including forcible entry. You periodically read about church burglaries whether of interior furnishings or equipment, air conditioners, or the Sunday offering. Additionally, theft can be characterized as “borrowing” from the church and not returning the object or article – that’s a whole other blog post.
So, this is my despicable list. If the church thieves needed money, I wish they would have knocked on the door and asked. I would have rather helped them out knowingly and voluntarily. There’s a great network of support for those having legitimate needs in Baytown. My prayer is for God to use the proceeds from the stolen treasure to bring them to a place of repentance and surrender to Christ.