A popular trend among many people, especially teens and preteens, today is the illegal download of games, movies, music, software, ebooks, et cetera. Somehow this issue is overlooked and rarely discussed, except for general statistics and when people are caught and their arrest becomes material for the media.
“Pirating” is a pretty common practice nowadays. Why pay for something if you can download it for free online? However, illegal downloads and streaming is illegal fora very good reason, and that is one of the Ten Commandments: you shall not steal. Properly defined, stealing means to take something without right or permission, especially secretly or by force. Pirating is, for the most part, done in secret. One can face fines, imprisonment, or worse for illegally downloading material.
To us believers, however, it poses a much bigger threat. Since pirating has become such a common practice, many people see no harm in doing it. However, we must recognize that stealing is a sin, no matter if everyone thinks it’s ok or we’re doing it without realizing we’re stealing. Stealing used to be on us, but now it’s more widespread and more common. Shouldn’t we be wary of what we do, especially since it has been explicitly forbidden by one of the Ten Commandments?
Pirating is a tough issue to deal with. Society tells us yes, but our spirits should tell us no. Which voice will you listen to?