So this is the list, the full Ten Commandments. Easy to read and I think easy to live by if we apply ourselves to God:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
In my earlier post today on the ramp up for same sex weddings in the United Methodist Church, I touched on the Ten Commandments. As I was making the three hour drive home from Raleigh, NC this morning I couldn’t stop thinking about Gods Commandments. There are just ten commandments in Exodus 20, and if we actually lived by them the world would be a much better place.
But we don’t.
This isn’t something new, we have been breaking these commandments and disobeying them since God gave them to Moses (Exodus 19). I have written extensively on this site and other methodist websites about the many Bishops and Pastors in the United Methodist Church who have openly stated they will not follow their own church law and many have joined a growing chorus inside the denomination that believes some scriptures no longer apply today.
Yes, scriptures can now be chosen “a la cart.”
The reality is “a la cart” scripture selection has been going on since they were written. This brings me full circle and back to disobeying the Ten Commandments. Lets look at a few:
- The Third Commandment tells us not to take the Lords name in vain. But we hear many of Gods children do this routinely.
- The Fourth Commandment tells us keep the Sabbath Holy. The human condition has forced many people to work on the Sabbath to survive. Others use the day to get errands and chores done, and a very few reserve the day for worship, family and remembrance.
- The Fifth Commandment to honor you father and mother has slipped from the American culture. No longer do take in our elderly parents and care and provide for them. Children show levels of disrespect that would never have been thought of 40 or 50 years ago.
- The Sixth Commandment tells us what should be a no brainer, “you shall not murder.” But we do. We have even gone so far as to legalize the murder of unborn babies, and in recent times even the murder of late term and born babies.
Those are just a few, but we break them all. Unlike some of the teaching we find in the scriptures, the Ten Commandments are pretty easy to live by.
I think we can live by the Commandments … if we want to.