What Do You Think About This Unusually Honest Robber?

A man in Hastings, Mich. was on his way home from the bank a few weeks ago when he misplaced an envelope with $1100 in it. He'd given up on ever finding it, until an envelope turned up at the police station with $900 in it and a note that said, "I really needed $200." It's quite a story, and the anonymous thief who was apparently desperate enough to steal some money but honest enough to only take as much as he/she needed provides an interesting moral dilemma to mull over the next time you stumble across an envelope with over a thousand dollars in it ...

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Gregory Dye commented…

I would agree that it provides an interesting moral dilemma, but very likely, different from the one you are referencing. I can see that this fits perfectly within the scope of "God always provides." If 1)the man, aka "uncle Billy," had not yet tithed out of that money, and if 2) the person who received that money, aka "the robber," faithfully tithed and otherwise followed the teachings and laws, and if 3) "the robber" truly needed that money and had prayed about it, then "uncle Billy" was merely being used as an instrument of God to provide for the needs of another, without even knowing it.

Story suddenly becomes inspirational instead of merely unusual.

Michelle Earney

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Michelle Earney commented…

Yeah... uh, last I checked God doesn't play Robin Hood for those who plan to tithe on stolen goods. It's still stolen goods. :)

This is an interesting moral dilemma, but I wouldn't call it inspirational. Had the robber not manipulated his circumstances to force a provision for himself, God would've had an opportunity to truly provide for him.

As we all know, God provides exactly what He knows we need, not what we think we need. Instead, all this robber got was stolen goods and most likely, a guilty conscious to boot. (Otherwise, why turn in the rest of the money with a note?)

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Chris commented…

In response to "God would have had a chance to truly provide for him"... Have you heard the story about the man who went on his roof as a huge flood was about to take over his house? As the water continued to rise, a man on a boat came by and offered him a way out, but the man on the roof replied "God will provide". The water continued to rise. Later, a helicopter came by and offered to get the man, but he replied with "God will provide". A few hours later the man was swept off the roof and drowned. In heaven he asked, "God, why didn't you help me?" God replied, " I sent a boat and a helicopter!"
Maybe the money was Gods provision!

Michelle Earney

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Michelle Earney commented…

Yep, I've heard it. :) But again, in that story there are no stolen goods.

But hey, I'm not saying I know all the ways God works. I'm just saying I don't see this story as inspirational.

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