with a guideline for the people of Israel. This list is referred to as
the Ten Commandments.
At present there is a group in a
court bringing forth a lawsuit against the display of those Commandments.
The judge hearing the case has posed a “solution” to the group’s objection of these commands. His suggestion is that the list of ten be shortened by omitting the first four.
Let’s see, the first four are:
“You shall have no other God’s before me.” (Exodus 20:3, NIV)
“You shall not make for yourselves an idol.” (Exodus 20:4, NIV)
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:7, NIV)
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8, NIV)
A part of me became sad as I read of this proposal. After reading over the commands in question, I wonder. Have we been guilty of ignoring them and now do we have to reap what we have sown?
In my Christian training, I was taught that the first four of God’s commands dealt with our relationship with Him. Does this judge mean to erase God from the landscape? He called his idea a compromise. Is it or is it something else?
These commands are from God. If this judge’s proposal catches on what have we done? Will God uphold us as we go through this life?
Will people feel as if they should apologize to God for not standing up for Him and His ways? Or will people care?