May 7, 2006 has been designated as Ten Commandment Day by a commission of individuals wishing to promote Judeo-Christian values among the people of North America. This objective is one that we can all support for they are the basis of our spiritual values and our legal system.
Recent events in Alabama, where the court ordered that the display of the 10 Commandments in a public place be removed, poses some interesting questions to us as Christians. As we celebrate this special commandment day, and encourage obedience to this clear document written by the finger of God, we must ask ourselves which ten commandments do we follow?
You see, the original two tables of stone which came down to Moses in Exodus 20 were later changed by the Christian church of the time. The third commandment was omitted and the tenth was split into two parts to make a total of ten commandments. Another change came when the fourth commandment was shortened and specifics identifying our worship day were changed.
The principle of this court order in Alabama does not restrict us as private individuals to display them on our private property, or in our places of business, where we are the sole proprietor. We don?t see many people taking advantage of this constitutionally provided privilege in the US or Canada. We should not force them on the public and neglect the opportunity to display them on our private property. As Christians we would not want to force other people to believe as we do. The only options we have, as Christians, is to teach and appeal to one?s personal convictions to change his life in a positive way.
Yet another question came into the Christian church that asked, ?Were the ten commandments done away and no longer obligatory to Christians of the New Testament?? This first problem causes us to wonder what version of the ten commandments do we follow and promote on May 7, 2006. The second reveals an even more severe problem. Since the law has been proposed as not applicable, what is our reason to celebrate the ten commandments?
These problems from our Christian past cause us theological conflicts and divisions unless we can resolve them in each of our denominational churches. These questions then remain: which version of the ten commandments do we celebrate on May 7, and should we commemorate them at all if they have been nailed to the cross and done away?
It is our belief that we should celebrate the Royal Ten as originally written in Exodus 20:1-17, and that we should sweep aside the idea that they are no longer applicable to our lives and allow God to write them on our hearts. (Psalm 40:8, Isaiah 51:7, 2 Cor. 3:3)
For more information on the changes in the ten commandments and how they are applicable to our lives as Christians today, please call Pastor Rudy Harnisch 250-843-6995, or Ellis Howard 250-242-3610, or Jere Franklin 250-788-2944. If you would like a copy of a free book entitled ?The Ten Commandments,? please call Pastor Rudy or Ellis.