Keeping the Commandments (2 of 6) by Roger Thomas
This content is part of a series.Keeping the Commandments (2 of 6)
Series: The Old Testament for New Testament Christians
Introduction: The controversy came to head a month ago when a federal judge ordered Chief of Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore to remove the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the state court. He refused. It was removed anyway. Moore placed the 2.5-ton block of granite there two years ago. The monument contained the etched copy of the Ten Commandments as well as a collection of historical statements affirming the role of the Commandments in the founding of the nation. The decision received mixed reviews across the land.
I personally am all in favor of the Ten Commandments standing in the public square. For too long, many have promoted freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion as the law of the land. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ultimately, the issue of Moore's Monument is a small matter. As the editor of Christianity Today put it, "Heeding the Commandments if far more important than displaying them" (10/2003). This is especially true when it comes to the quality of our witness to those around us who know little of the God behind the Commandments. Honoring and keeping the Ten Commandments requires our keeping them in the proper perspective. We must see them as more than a granite monument or stone tablets. The Ten Commandments are:
The Foundations of a Stable Society. This is the point Judge Moore's monument attempted to make. Forgetting that Natural Law or God-given Law must support human laws always leads to trouble. The founding fathers of our republic were well aware of the Ten Commandments. They believed God's laws must support all the man-made laws of a free society.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among ...
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