"Judging" the Ten Commandments!

"Judging" the Ten Commandments!

At this point in time (March 4, 2005) the United States Supreme Court is considering the issue of the display of the Ten Commandments on or in buildings and the government owned property upon which such buildings stand.

For some time our republic has been victimized by a very deadly and deceptive doctrine known as the "separation of church and state." It would be impossible to tabulate and detail all the legal hassles which have taken place over recent years related to the issue of the "separation of church and state."

One thing sure, a lot of lawyers have fattened their bank accounts as a result of court wars fought over whether reference to God and His holy Commandments is allowable in certain geographical locations within the boundaries of the United States of America!

Influential persons, who are blind as bats in vision, perverted in intellect, and unsympathetic to the critical contribution of Christianity to a nation's health and survival, have been quite successful in arranging for the removal of references to God from various public settings. One of the most notable examples would be our nation's public school systems. To make reference to God in a public school is now equated to an offence that borders on that of an unpardonable sin!

One teacher not too many miles from where we live ran into a legal buzz saw because she wore a necklace with a cross on it! She didn't "preach" about it -- she just wore it! You didn't know it is practically considered "criminal" if a Christian wears jewelry which displays a cross -- something that unbelievers (and we are surrounded by them) cannot begin to comprehend when it comes to the message that is at the heart of the Christian faith -- namely, that the Son of God became a sacrifice for the sins of every human being by dying on a cross and was resurrected from the dead 3 days later!

Monuments and plaques which make direct reference to the Ten Commandments are the latest targets of attack in the "land of the free and the home of the brave!"

And so it has come to the place where the boys and girls in long black robes who sit in a building known as the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC will hand down a decision as to whether we should risk being exposed to a physical display of the Ten Commandments on government property -- oh, by the way, there is such a display in the building where these boys and girls make awesome and sometimes very insane decisions which impact all of us citizens!

Take a very well known case in point -- the Roe v. Wade decision of January 1973 which basically says that a female has the constitutional "right" to destroy her unborn child if she so chooses! See the latest up to date tally on this granddaddy of all debacles in terms of victim numbers:

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since Roe vs. Wade
January 1973

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

Now then -- in regard to the Ten Commandments -- the U.S. Supreme Court might as well rule that any open display and reference to the Commandments on government property is strictly forbidden because it violates the "separation of church and state" heresy and is an endorsement of "religion!"

Consider reasons why they may as well rule in favor of eliminating reference to the Ten Commandments from public view just as God has been banished from the public classroom:

    a mass formation of idols of our own making which have effectively replaced God as supreme deity -- the money god is one of the top deities on the totem pole which we as a culture have erected over past decades, especially since 1960!

    the intentional profaning of the day of worship by making it a day of pleasurable pursuits, sports events, and high powered business activities -- less than half our population finds itself willing and able to make its way to a house of worship on Sunday mornings -- and even then, we may become a bit impatient during that 1 hour spent in a sanctuary, because we have so much planned for the rest of the day and the evening! The name "Sunday" on our calendars which heads the column of numbers for the first day of the week should really be changed to "Funday" since that term more accurately reflects the attitude of the majority!

    the breakdown of family and disrespect for parents has reached pandemic proportions -- and in connection with this is an overall loss of respect for authority in general!

    language profaning God's name is common at all age levels -- interesting, is it not, that while there are those who claim it is "offensive" to publicly display the Ten Commandments, it is not considered an offensive thing to take God's name in vain! Even government leaders can exhibit a "potty mouth" publicly and they are considered to be right in step with the moral standards this generation has established for itself!

    a culture increasingly immersing itself in selfishness, dishonesty, violence, murder, and sexual immorality of the most repulsive kinds!

    coveting and greed are the gutter quality level at which masses choose to live -- these include the very wealthy and powerful living in multi-million dollar mansions to citizens who are locked in to living from a limited pay check to pay check existence!

For a very small minority of persons who have truly repented of their sins (including violations of God's holy commandments) and have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the controversy swirling about the Ten Commandments and many other issues related to the expression of the Christian faith is not surprising.

As we approach the personal return of Jesus Christ to this chaotic world Christians who seek to be obedient to Him understand that our nation and our world will duplicate the spiritual, moral, and ethical conditions which prevailed at the time of Noah prior to the judgment of the flood and at the time of Lot when he lived in a notorious city by the name of Sodom. (Luke 17:24-30).

While Christians would agree that it is appropriate to have visible reminders of the Ten Commandments everywhere, including displays on state and federal property, we also would say that having a display of the Ten Commandments on every street corner in every city and town in the country wouldn't make a particle of difference if the majority chooses to reject them as is presently the case!

There is more than an outside possibility that this republic, made up of citizens, leaders, and judges, will learn much too late that the Ten Commandments still apply to every human being. Almighty God has yet to make His response to our rejection of His standards which are absolutely necessary for the sane, stable, peaceful, and secure existence of a hopeful culture.

A Significant Selah Moment!

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....

It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.

Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV

March 4, 2005
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Gipsy, PA
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA

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