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11) The BackPage: A Bribe in the Bosom

In many lands today, bribery is assumed to be the law of the day. Last week I heard about a gentleman traveling across a foreign land in a camper. He had to pay a very healthy sum to someone just so they would ride across a particular bad-land even though he could never quite be sure that it was required by law or custom. For all he knew, it was just a kind of scam, perpetrated on him by locals that “saw him coming.” I once took a bike into a Latin American country where I was going to live for a year. The guy at the customs desk let me know that I could either bribe him $20, or face the customs house the following Monday. I played it “straight” — and ended up spending 2 weeks going door to door to government offices I never even knew existed. The customs fee ended up being $170. To bring in a bike. Ouch.

On the Bible side of things, Proverbs 17:8, 17:23 and 21:14 all speak to the topic. “A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; wherever he turns, he prospers.” “A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.” “A gift in secret subdues anger and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.” Put those verses together and some would make a strong argument that bribery isn’t always wrong. What’s your opinion? How do you feel about bribery? Would you do it? Under what circumstances does it seem right? … and under what circumstances does it seem wrong? What’s your position?  Please enter your comment in the box following this item on the web. Next edition, we’ll analyze and report back the findings. Thanks for taking time to share!

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