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Article published January 21, 2013
Halt the coveting
Gary McKruit Cabot
As a conservative, I generally am stereotyped as a hater by the liberal left. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. But I would like to pose a question to Democrats and liberal readers. Whether good Christians or Jews, there is one thing we have in common: The Ten Commandments unite the religions. Is it OK for a person to ignore one of the commandments if it is inconvenient for him or her? Those who say “yes” I would not regard as truly good Christians. The Ten Commandments are not to be edited, ignored or belittled. So what about the 10th Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods”? What does that mean? It means not to envy and desire a neighbor’s possessions. There is no asterisk beside it saying, “unless they’re rich.” What I see of the liberals is an entire party devoted to coveting neighbors’ goods — in the name of fairness, of course. The liberals divide us into groups — rich versus poor, haves versus have-nots — and encourage envy and indignation, demanding that the haves be taught a lesson. It has gotten so bad that ordinary good Christians now believe they have a right to their neighbor’s goods. My suggestion for them is to step back and look at themselves. Are they coveting their neighbor’s goods?