Since the time of Adam and Eve’s fall, we humans have sought to acquire personal gain from sin. In our day of the early 21st century, the technological and societal advances we have made often become the tools used to expand bad behavior for the sake of power and prestige.
We are told such things as “legalizing drugs will help the economy since we can use legalization to raise revenues.” Another example is the large number of college students prostituting themselves online looking for “sugar daddies” who will pay them for their “companionship,” using the argument that it helps them financially so they can pay for college, alleviate student loan debt, and save money. The sin-for-profit mentality is something that takes place in both liberal and conservative camps as was witnessed last week when a memo was leaked from a liberal executive at Facebook. He said that even if Facebook were used to coordinate a terrorist attack, people dying would be worth it if it meant the expansion of their platform.
Despite the fact such thinking is prevalent worldwide, Christians have the power not to buy into it. The Bible commands us several times not to profit from sin. It even gives us examples of what can happen if we do. For example, in Daniel 4 King Nebuchadnezzar was struck by God with a mental disease along with a physical disease that made him look and act like an animal after he boasted about how his sinful ways had helped him acquire fame, wealth, and power above all kingdoms. He was warned by Daniel about his behavior and the consequences it would bring before it happened, but Nebuchadnezzar ignored the warning and suffered. Nevertheless, he eventually realized the value of only glorifying God and was healed.
Jehovah also uses the following scriptures to warn us away from profiting off sin:
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. Psalm 37:16
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. Proverbs 11:4
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. Proverbs 11:28
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. Proverbs 16:8
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1 Timothy 6:9
Righteous principles are always better than a sinful payoff.