Who's Number One? (1 of 10) by James Merritt

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Who's Number One? (1 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:1-3


1. 9/11 - All of us know that date. Because of that date, another cabinet level department was created to serve the President of the United States - Department of Homeland Security. Note the keyword in that department which is home. The greatest way to protect the homeland is to protect the homes in that land. That is why I am beginning a series of messages I am entitling "Homeland Security." We are going to be dealing with the Ten Commandments, because the greatest way to protect our homes is to teach our homes the what and the why of the Ten Commandments.

2. I am not the first person to say that Homeland Security and the Ten Commandments are tied together. James Madison, who is called, "The Father of the American Constitution", said this,
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of our politics upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves according the Ten Commandments of God."
What an amazing statement! Do the Ten Commandments really carry that kind of clout? That kind of authority? That kind of power? After all, there are only ten of them - one for each finger. They are not very long. You can recite all of them in less than a minute. They are so simple the Bible in Exodus 34:28 simply calls them "The Ten Words."

3. Yet as simple and short as they are, most of us don't know them and you obviously can't keep commandments that you don't know. A Gallup Poll a few years ago revealed that while 85% of Americans believe that the Ten Commandments are still binding today, only 15% could name five of them. You might think that is probably not too unrealistic for a secular society, but what about religious people? Newsweek magazine once reported that of people who go to church only 49% of all Prot ...

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