The 10 commandments are going down. To be seen no more.
And I don’t think God is too concerned.
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a 6-foot Ten Commandments granite monument had to be removed, calling it “obviously religious in nature.”
State officials have said that the monument is historical and similar to one in Texas that was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Good-hearted people (who love Jesus and their state) are trying their best to keep the monument up.
A symbol of Judeo-Christian values. A testament of how Godly this nation is.
Yet, God’s plan was for the law not to be kept in monuments of stone (or even in Facebook images to be seen by all) but in the heart.
This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the LORD. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:33
We keep trying to prove with superficial artifacts what can only be confirmed on the inside.
Yes, the 10 commandments on display are a good thing. But the grace of Jesus seen through you and me, is much better.
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The controversial monument was installed in 2012 and funded by a Republican representative, who donated it to the state. The monument has been the subject of numerous debates over the separation of church and state in Oklahoma. Other religions, including the Satanic Temple, have argued that monuments symbolizing their faiths should be included as well.”
Maybe if we continue to focus on Christian symbolism we ourselves will become a symbol of Christianity (instead of a manifestation of what it truly is).
Don’t get me wrong, it’s always good to be reminded. Bible verses and Bible law and Bible ethics are the best foundation for society. But the people of this generation are not hungry for what is “right”, they are looking for what is real.
And that is not found in old stones. It is only found in the resurrected Christ (who loves people whether they know the 10 commandments or not).
We can defend the religion of Christianity or we can engage in relationships that demonstrate Christ.
And if you have read the story in Exodus 32 and 34, the original 10 commandments also went down.
As Mary Fairchild summarized, “God called Moses to the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. During this time he gave him instructions for the tabernacle and the offerings. When God finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him two tablets of stone inscribed by the very finger of God. They contained the Ten Commandments.
Meanwhile, the people of Israel had become impatient while waiting for Moses to return. Moses had been gone for so long that the people gave up on him and begged Aaron (Moses’ brother) to build them an altar so they could worship.
So Aaron collected offerings of gold from all the people and built an idol cast in the shape of a calf. Then they held a festival and bowed down to worship their idol. When Moses came down from the mountain with the tablets of stone, his anger burned when he saw the people given over to idolatry. He threw down the two tablets, smashing them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. Then Moses destroyed the golden calf, burning it in the fire.
Moses and God proceeded to discipline the people for their sin. Later God instructed Moses to chisel two new stone tablets, just like the ones he had written with his own finger.”
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
These are beautiful guidelines. A powerful invitation. The very law of God himself.
And we are all guilty of breaking it.
More than a reminder of what we should do right, I think the 10 commandments are a reminder of what we already do wrong.
No, it’s not that God is trying to make us feel bad, it’s more like He’s kindly reminding us of how much we need a good savior.
Because this Godly-specific-religious list, shows us that we need God (Jesus) to find God (Father) by the power of God (the Holy Spirit).
The Old Testament proves our iniquity and invites us into the forgiveness of the New Testament. Because the Son of God did not descend from eternity to begin a religion or to give us better morality. He came to show us the way to the Father.
Acceptance. Belonging. Agape.
The mission and vision were not to write a new manual of rules and regulations. Jesus did not give up His life to ensure that you make it to church on Sundays (or to keep a monument standing in Oklahoma through the week). He lived a perfect life (fulfilling the perfect law) so that you and I could receive perfect love.
[bctt tweet=”Good news: God who makes the demand for perfection, meets the demand on our behalf.”]
So if we keep the 10 commandments up all around America, let it be as a reminder of how much we need Jesus, not as a false advertisement that says we are righteous for having them up.
Paul David Tripp (author of Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands) says, “The courage of faith is not just about brave actions, but the courage to confess need more deeply and to rely more fully on God’s grace.”
I love the 10 commandments.
I have broken about 6 of them today.
I need the 1 perfect Savior.
And that’s the message we need to communicate with the world.
More from the author:
“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working. Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom.” Jesus in Matthew 17-10 (MSG)