Victimless Crime?


You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone, right? That’s what American freedom is all about, right? You are free to commit any terrible sin your heart desires provided others aren’t involved, right?

Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Every human being is a part of human society, and thus every single sin is an indictment of the entire human race. No matter how hidden our sins may be, they hurt the entire human race. The victim of every crime is every human being.

An example: With the NBA Finals about to start, imagine Lebron James telling his teammates that he wanted to get high on drugs before the game began. His teammates would surely object, but why? After all, wouldn’t Lebron only be hurting himself? The drugs could be done in the privacy of his own home with no one else around. This is the very definition of a victimless crime, right?

Obviously, it’s easy to see that Lebron would be hurting his entire team in the above example. But why do things suddenly change when Lebron retires and becomes one of us? Is not each and every one of us always a part of some team? Do we not have family members, loved ones, and fellow countrymen? Is not every human being a part of some human society? How can it honestly be said that an injured member of society does not hamper the entire society as a whole?

The victimless crime mentality is nothing more than a ruse to appease man’s guilty conscience. Instead of believing this silly lie, we should embrace the truth. We must stop looking for excuses to sin.

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