Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ten Commandments (1) - Adore and Ignore

The Ten Commandments have very widespread acceptance throughout the western world. Even people who have given up on the church, or stopped believing in God, will say that they live by the Ten Commandments. In the United States, the Ten Commandments are often displayed on courthouse wall and other public places.

However, despite all the attention and mention, the commandments themselves are mostly ignored. The people claiming to live by them would be hard pushed to name five of the ten. Despite their place of honour in the United States, they have almost no affect on laws and lawmaking. Even serious Christians are uncertain about what to do with the Ten Commandments. They know that they live under grace rather than law, so it is not clear how the Ten Commandments fit with God’s grace. This is an important issue that we must get sorted.

1 comment:

Ted M. Gossard said...

The Ten Commandments are important for us today, Ron, I believe. I am wondering how Jesus's coming and the coming of God's kingdom in him impacts this consideration. And how. say, the Sermon on the Mount should impact the world through those of us who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.