Wednesday, November 7, 2012
THE MOST CENSORED DOCUMENT IN AMERICA
Although The U.S. Supreme Court Building has a The Ten Commandments Display over the front entrance, The Ten Commandments could be the most censored document in America.
How long has it been since you read them? If you memorized them as a child, can you still quote them?
When you read the list, do you have any idea why some people don’t like them? (There is no such thing as separation of church and state in our Constitution, but there is freedom of religion in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”)
The first four of the ten commandments have to do with loving and respecting God; the last six have to do with loving others because if we break one, we hurt people. In my way of thinking, the list also has a lot to do with loving ourselves because if we break them we hurt ourselves as well as others. For instance, all kinds of benefits are available for loving God, among them the gift of eternal life. We profit from not being stupid enough to worship an idol, which is nothing but carved wood, etched stone or some other earthly product that isn’t even living.
We are blessed by a day of rest such as the Sabbath, for our spiritual, mental and physical welfare. The reason we shouldn’t use the Lord’s name frivolously, in addition to the value of showing respect, is because it is a powerful name. The Bible says devils tremble at the sound of it (James 2:19) and it adds authenticity to our prayers.
Honor thy father and thy mother is the only commandment with promise: That we might live long on the earth. Could that tell us how valuable our parents can be to our lives?
Interesting that God placed adultery above murder? Could it be God knows adultery is a root cause of other sins, including murder, lying, theft, coveting, not to mention rebellion against God?
“Thou shalt not kill,” gives great guidance I imagine some of the angry mass murderers of this generation never heard or at least did not respect. But also, could it be that in a nation where one in three pregnancies end in abortion that a large portion of our society doesn’t want to think about that commandment?
Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.”
We’re told when we break one commandment we are guilty of all” (James 2:10). If we step on the slippery slope by neglecting or refusing to “love the Lord our God with all our soul and with all our mind and our neighbor as ourselves,” as Jesus said (Matthew 22:37) when he quoted one of the commandments, we often end up crashing into them all.
Why not look through these again and wonder why the government has ordered them taken down and eliminated from our schools while requiring students to read material that should be X-rated?
These are great guidelines to live by.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God hath giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
--- Found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5