Reclaim the Blessing of the Ten Commandments
- Friday, April 02, 2004
Commandment One: Worship the One True God
I am the Lord your God . . . Do not worship any other gods besides me. –Exodus 20:2-3 (NLT)
These Ten Commandments, and the balance of the legal code that followed it, comprised without question the most exalted legal code for human conduct in the ancient world. Nothing in the history of that time has been found to equal it. The wisdom and the practicality of the Ten Commandments attest to their divine origins. As wise as Moses was, nothing in the record supports the premise that he was wise enough to draft the Mosaic Code on his own.
The Ten Commandments fit together as a unified whole. Each commandment can do much good, but the rationale for all the commandments flows from the First Commandment: “I am [Jehovah] your God . . . Do not worship any other gods besides me.” (Exodus 20:3)
On the surface, it seems that America has become a nation that runs after many other gods. But the truth is, in America we worship our selves. To worship something means to hold it in high esteem, to respect it as sacred. If we were truly a people who worshipped God, we would hold Him and His commandments in a place higher than ourselves. But that is often not the case. For some time, a major shift has been taking place in our culture. Where we once worshipped and held in high esteem the God of the Bible and His laws, we now worship another god—that is, the individual. We worship us.
Anyone who speaks against the worship of other gods besides Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is going to rankle his fellow Americans. We are a nation that prizes religious tolerance. In fact, tolerance has become one of the most popular words in our culture. We believe, as a nation where free speech and the right of expression prevail, that every viewpoint and belief should be represented without hindrance.
On the surface, tolerance is indeed a good social stance. We do not want America to become a nation where minority opinions and beliefs are repressed, or where individuals are brutalized for beliefs that run counter to the mainstream.
But tolerance has an extremely unhealthy aspect as well. What we have meant by “tolerance” is a weakening of the lines between good and evil, right and wrong.
Commandment Two: Avoid Worshipping Idols
Do not make idols of any kind . . . You must never worship or bow down to them. –Exodus 20:4-5 (NLT)
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