…eBay should stick to hosting its fantastic digital garage sell instead of dabbling in theology. (See picture. Click for full size.)

eBay’s understanding of the free market enterprise is fantastic. eBay’s understanding of the Doctrine of Man is lacking.

So, why is it that “things don’t always go right” as John Donahoe writes?

It’s because people are, at the end of the day, basically sinful, not basically good. Yes, we are all made in the image of God. That’s why most eBay transactions do go well. But the need for a “Protection” policy is, in itself, an evidence of our sinfulness, not our intrinsic moral goodness.

John R.W. Stott once said, “Many of the happenings of civilized society are the result of human sin.” He was right.

In other words, some of the very activities which we think reveal how civilized we are (i.e. having a “Protection Policy”), actually reveals how fallen we are (i.e. people are regularly ripping each other off on eBay). The reason we give receipts, sign contracts, and lock our doors at night is because we don’t trust each other (and for good reason.) This is the same reason eBay has to implement such a policy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the new policy. I think it’s long overdue. I’ve been eBaying for years and have been ripped off several times. Such a step towards protection might even tempt me to do more buying and selling.

I just wish eBay (and others) understood exactly why such policies are so needed. Maybe then, we will better understand why Jesus is so needed too.

“God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.” -Psalm 53:2-3