I have often wondered why so many people hate having The Ten Commandments displayed in pubic schools, on public property and in government buildings. The argument that it is to ensure the separation of church and state is a weak one. Consider each commandment.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 2 . Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images. Who are the gods of the USA and what are our graven images? The gods must be selfishness, greed, drugs, idle pleasures and entertainment and the “love of money” (1 Timothy 6:10). Graven images must be the vain things of the world.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. The Lord’s name is taken in vain throughout the day. President Obama’s minister, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is a widely publicized example of this.
4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. My older brother once observed that “the greatest tool Satan has ever devised for the mass desecration of the Sabbath Day is the Super Bowl.” Who wants to be reminded of that?
5. Honor thy father and thy mother. Who wants to do that when the government can take care of them or they can be put in a nursing home and left to die?
6. Thou shalt not kill. Children have a right to be born into a family with a mother and father who love and cherish them. The Psalmist reminds us that “children are a heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). We have, instead, become a nation of mass murderers with more than 40 million abortions performed since Roe v. Wade. Genocide is only the latest variation of this murder. Who wants to be reminded of that?
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. With birth control pills and legal abortions who wants to live by the commandment of abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage?
8. Thou shalt not steal. Everything that is not tied down is stolen by someone or by the government.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Many believe it is easier to get ahead financially or get better grades by lying.
10. Thou shalt not covet. Why should my neighbor have something I do not have, even if he or she worked hard to obtain it while I did nothing to earn it? The constant theme is that “the rich are not paying their fair share” and there must be equality of outcome and not just equality of opportunity.
The USA is in large measure a nation whose citizens choose to violate The Ten Commandments. One can see why those who do so want to have this reminder of their moral transgressions hidden from sight. Their reasoning is, “if there is no law, then there is no sin. And if there is no sin, then the manner in which they live their lives is just as moral as the lives of those who follow God’s commandments.” The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian moral law.
When the USA ceased to be a moral nation, it also ceased to be a great nation. This is one result of the federal government’s relentless war on religion in general and on Christianity, in particular. This war must end.
In the third verse of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, we sing, “And this be our motto: In God is our Trust.” By placing our trust in God and by displaying, teaching and obeying The Ten Commandments, America can again become a great and moral country and a light on the hill to the nations of the earth.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.