Important to Liezl and me is living out our faith before our children in a meaningful way. Something we do is look to Scripture, identify a principal and put it into practise in our daily lives.
A guiding principal, easy enough to identify, is “Do not steal.” Well in all fairness it’s really more of a command isn’t it? As we’ve thought how to live it out we’ve made conscious decisions with respect to piracy laws. For many years we’ve only kept original movies and music in our home.
A short while ago I got a bunch of audio books. I knew they were probably copyrighted but I justified listening to them because I wanted to “try the medium out”, “see if I enjoyed it” and would “buy into it if it was a fit.”
Well 20 hours of listening later I’ve realised I’ve crossed an invisible mark in the ground. I’ve listened to Tolkien’s The Hobbit (DTW, you read this blog?), Pratchett’s Sorcery, Grisham’s The Pelican Brief, Tzu’s The Art of War… and the list goes on.
Definite hypocrisy on my part as this is something I’ve spoken against before to others with a degree of fervor. And here’s the thing, I’d be hard pressed to explain to my kids why it’s not right for them to watch Noddy Goes Bananas but dad can listen to Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
I read Deuteronomy 6 yesterday while thinking of this. Straight after declaring the 10 Commandments to the children of Israel Moses records this:
“Arrr! Shiver me timbers matey”, what are the guiding principles that you live by (that was my best pirate voice)? This sound a bit Pharisitical to you? Is not copying movies and music and stuff a bit weird for you? How do you live out your faith? Ever read James 2:17? Read My solution to copyright infringement for a follow up to this post.