The Ten Commandments
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Romans 7:7
In 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision held that the Ten Commandments could no longer remain on the walls of the public schools in America. The Ten Commandments had been in our schools since the first school started long before our Independence in 1776.
One of the reasons they said it had to be removed was that the school children might read, meditate and perhaps even obey the commandments. The Supreme Court further stated that it was not an objective of the establishment clause.
Just how important are the Ten Commandments in our society? Let’s take a deeper look at them. The following are taken from Exodus 20.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me
This literally means that God has control our lives. We are to live for Him and no one else. The number one god that people put before Him is themselves.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
This means not to have anything that we give honor to more than God. This includes: our money, job, family, sports …etc. What do we live for?
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
It’s amazing that even those who have no Christian background curse God when they become outraged. I have never seen someone yell “Oh Buddha, or Allah! When I was in the Navy in the 70’s, there were laws against using profanity on any vessel.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
God was very serious about resting one day of the week. In the book of Numbers God killed a man for picking up firewood on the Sabbath. Eric Lydell refused to run on the Sabbath. God honored him by his running in a different event and allowing him to win the Gold Medal. Our blue laws were once honored only now to be banned.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother
The best example of this verse is in the Book of Jeremiah chapter 35 This is story of the Rechabites when they obeyed their grandfathers command. God later blessed them for their obedience. Think about when a son or daughter wants to marry and their parents share with them the dangers they see in this union. How many times are the parents right and the marriage ends in divorce? This commandment promises long life to those who obey. It makes it easier when parents win the hearts of their children. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:6
6. Thou shalt not kill.
This commandment has always been perfectly understood by the citizens of a moral society. It literally means “Thou shalt not murder”. The payment for this is death (Genesis 9:6). Today if someone murders a person they usually get a life sentence and within seven years are out on probation and if not dealt with, they kill again.
If a woman gets pregnant and she wants to kill the “innocent” child, fetus is just a name that makes it sound less human it’s perfectly legal because it is her right. Since 1973 nearly 50,000,000 innocent children have been put to death in the name of rights. Most woman that defend their right to abort their child are against capital punishment. Sadly, baby parts are now on the market for research and bring big money and are found in products that are bought at our local stores.
Most importantly Jesus said that if we are angry with our brother without a cause we are guilty of murder. How long will our nation stand by and allow innocent children to be slaughtered day after day all in the name of “It’s my right, because it’s my body.” Over one hundred years ago this same spirit was defended in the area of slavery, “It is my right because it is my property.”
7. Thou shalt not commit Adultery.
My parents were in law enforcement for many years. I had the opportunity to look at the law books and see that committing adultery or fornication was a crime punishable with jail time and a fine. This was enforced at a time when our country remembered her Christian foundation. Since the last census, it was reported that the percentage of those who live together has increased 100%. Three out of four marriages end up in divorce. Years ago one survey done indicated that of those who lived together before marrying, less than 19% stayed married.
Jesus taught that if we look at a woman to lust after her we have committed adultery with her in our heart. The term “with her” teaches the fact that a woman has a responsibility to dress in a way not to cause a man to lust.
8. Thou shalt not steal
We are not to take anything that does not belong to us. This can also mean stealing time away from our employer.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
How many times have we judged someone who is different than ourselves and as a result they don’t fit into the click at church or work. When something happens, we are the first to report/judge them because of their difference even when it means that they could lose their job or cause them to leave because of the slander you caused them. Only later to find that what happened was not their fault or they had no part of, but you say its too late to correct.
10. Thou shalt not covet
This is the sin of keeping up with the Joneses. This is when if we want the good things in life like what others have, we must be willing to sacrifice our wives (making them work and serve two masters) and children (having little or no time for them or worse yet purposing not to have them at all) so we can focus on the things of the world. This is self centeredness. It is also referred to as a lust for power.
You might say, “I have only broken one or two of these and that it is not as bad as others” but James 2:10 says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
The purpose of the law was to show us God’s standard and bring us to the point that we are sinners in the sight of God and need to be redeemed.
Paul once remarked that without the law he would not have known sin. When every remembrance of God’s law is removed from our society and when the church refuses to preach judgment, repentance, holiness and separation it is no wonder why we have the problems that plague us today.
There is a movement across that is being brought into the church that refuses to preach the whole Gospel. Instead preaches only the positive and allows the world to dictate the direction of the church.
Jesus said “…if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me”. Luke 9:23
Today our young people are being brought up in a world that has no absolutes, no morals and no accountability. They do that which is right in their own eyes. Soon after our country told God to remove his law from our schools, shootings and events like Columbine began taking place. We as a people allowed the Supreme Court to make that decision.
In 1983 President Reagan said concerning the abusive power of the Supreme Court concerning another moral area.
“Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators— not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973.”
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How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13