In our society a victimless crime is a crime in which no one is “harmed,” insinuating there is no victim-no personal injury of sort. Although “victimless” the acts continue to be considered as illegal and immoral. Common examples of such are gambling and prostitution. While studying this as an undergraduate Criminal Justice student, my initial observation concluded that there was someone indeed being harmed by the offenses-the offenders. As the offenders harm themselves it is very likely that their harm could trigger the harm of another. For example, if a prostitute has a disease they may spread the disease amongst others. Several prostitutes self-report rape and battery. In short, crime begets crime; which in turn affects everyone as we all live in a common society.
On a more familiar scale, the same concepts could be applied to our spiritual living. Is there omission or commission occurring that we believe affects only us? Seeing as how every cause has an effect, I am led to believe that our actions within the body of Christ, despite how insignificant they seem to be, do affect others. In I Corinthians 5, Paul addresses sin in the church. He is addressing an issue within the church that the members are aware of but show no remorse for its occurrence. Verse 6 states (KJV) “your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” The Living Bible translates verse 6: “What a terrible thing it is that you are boasting about your purity and yet you let this sort of thing go on. Don’t you realize that if even one person is allowed to go on sing, soon all will be affected?” Simply put, just as a victimless crime is an oxymoron in our society, one could infer that what we do within the body of Christ also affects our spiritual kindred.
Considerations such as these prove the need for heart checks and fellowship. Let’s continue to strive for perfection and better ourselves in Christ-continuing to lift each other and collectively exalt God and his Kingdom until His promised return.
Grace and Peace,