What do American actress Winona Ryder, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson and footballer Steven Gerrard have in common? As well as being famous people, they have all been caught shoplifting at one time, Antony Worrall Thompson most recently.

What makes rich and famous people steal items that they can easily afford? It’s a mystery. Did you know that certain medications given to people with Parkinson’s disease carry a health warning ‘may induce shoplifting’? How does that work?!

It’s a mystery sometimes, the way we behave. Have you ever found yourself hating something you did or said? Paul the apostle certainly did. In one of his letters he cries out: ‘I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate!’

Paul identifies in himself an innate selfishness that twists his best intentions. This is what causes us to hurt those we love, act in ways we are ashamed of and let ourselves down. Christians know this as sin. Rich and famous sinners need the cure just as much as homeless thieves. The cure is a person; his name is Jesus, and his living, guiding presence in our lives is the answer to our deepest problem.

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