Closing Thoughts
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

 

“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Mt. 5:18)

 

                As I finish my commentary on the 10 Commandments, I would like to offer a few closing thoughts.  A few years ago, Judge Roy Moore put his career as an Alabama judge to the test.  He placed the 10 Commandments in the rotunda of the county courthouse and defied a federal order to have the commandments removed.  The result of his bold action was removal from the bench caused by serving the law that he fought for to the bitter end.  It was his belief that the commands of God were to be the very foundation upon which all law was developed and interpreted.  And evidence abounds that our forefathers believed the same things.  Carved into the walls above the heads of the United States Supreme Court is a picture of Moses with the law in his arms.  Truly, our nation was founded upon the very principles that in the end defeated Judge Roy Moore.

                For a little while, there was a great media flurry around Judge Moore’s plight.  And unless you watched Fox News, you were informed of the foolishness of his stanch and the ridiculous Christians which were fighting for him.  Moore was made to appear as a foolish radical, supported by a like kind of weak minded followers.  Christian media was up in arms, a few editorials were written, but in the end, the results were unchanged and America stepped one more step away from the Creator who gave us this land and blessed it so.  And we are reminded of the words, “Unless the Lord builds the [nation] its builders work in vain.”  And, “Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord.”

                As a pastor, people came to me deeply troubled and feeling helpless.  I was feeling the same thing.  And I was asked how I felt about it.  My answer may shock my readers as it did my listeners, but I said, “While I sympathize with Judge Moore, the very people who are supporting his position are part of the problem.”  I said, “I am far more concerned that Christians no longer have the commandments in their hearts than I am about a slab of marble in a government building.”  You see, we Christians have abandoned the law.  For the most part, our god has become our possessions, our worship takes place when convenient, our language reflects the language of the gutter a few short years ago, we ship our parents to nursing homes, we support abortion on demand, our divorce rate is actually higher than that of the secular world, we cheat on our taxes, we slander and gossip, and we have structured an economy based upon the concept of coveting.  And sadly, the only commandment that is an etched into our law is the command to not steal.  We take our money very seriously, and that is because it has become our god.

                If you think about it, we zealously protect our citizenry against infringement of the first four commandments and call it “separation of church and state.”  We protect our children from their parents, and we give older children the right to dispose of their parents when they are no longer convenient.  We have codified murder through abortion on demand and in some states, legalized euthanasia.  Adultery is no longer part of our law, and we couldn’t even remove a president caught in adultery in our nation’s presidential palace.  All you have to do is walk through the checkout line in a grocery store to see that the media is exempt from any laws of slander.  And as I said, coveting is the fundamental driver behind our economy.  The only sacred law carried from God into our books is the law of not stealing and I contend that is because money is our god and has nothing to do with paying homage to our Creator.

                I remain concerned that we are removing God from the public square, but I am most concerned that we Christians have allowed Him to be removed from our churches, our families, and our hearts.  If we want God back in the public square, we must first put Him back into our hearts.


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