Your PEZ Dispenser Collection
“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). A simple enough commandment, yet it contains an entire worldview. God, the Creator of heaven and earth and giver of this law, is a giver of a vast diversity of gifts. And those material gifts are property. Just in case you missed it the first time, God puts an exclamation point on it by repeating the concept in commandment number ten: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s…” anything. It’s almost creepy, like some psychic we just met has just told us our entire life history. God seems uncannily aware of our tendency to think of possessions as a problem. He is not surprised by John Lennon, the Dalai Lama, or Occupy Wall Street. So he took the time to actually inscribe it in stone with his own finger: That which is yours is yours, and that which is your neighbor’s belongs to your neighbor. That house in the cul-de-sac, that SUV, that country club membership, that housecleaner? Theirs. Not yours. Your comic books and PEZ dispenser collection? Yours. Not theirs. Simple enough concept, yet it is utterly staggering how vast swaths of humanity have not managed to figure out that this arrangement is… well, good."