Over the past couple of weeks I have thought long and hard about what should be said in response to the challenge of the Ten Commandments in Newland’s Town Hall. How should Christians respond during this time of turmoil? We need to look no further than the Ten Commandments to find our answers…
First, and foremost, I feel we are blessed to live in a county that takes to heart “I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods before me.” We should all be thankful for the fact that we live in an area that is still free from much of the religious oppression that much of the world faces. We should continue to pray for this to be the case with our leaders and community!
Secondly, we should feel blessed that we have the Ten Commandments on the wall at the center of Newland’s town business, rather than a shrine to another god. We must be careful not to make the Ten Commandments an idol in itself…we still must keep our faith in the One, True God. God makes a promise that when we reject Him, we are not only hurting ourselves…we are setting a standard for our future. Before you give in, remember, the future generations of this county are learning from your actions!
Third, I’m thankful that we have a number of people in leadership who do not misuse the name of our God. We can all be thankful for this…we are not bombarded with polititians who continue to share that they have a “faith” in God and show with their actions that there is no truth in that statement.
I think we should also all be thankful for a place that still believes in resting and worshipping God on a regular basis. There are many who still keep their Sabbath holy here in the area, and continue to attend church and keep their priorities based in the Bible. Sadly, in many cities this is not the case, but we can all rest in the fact that we do not live in those cities!
We live in a community that still values the family…even, in some cases, when it is not your blood relation. We are all part of the same family, the Family of God, and we can all benefit from the love and support of each other…do not give in, let’s stand together. Let us all honor our mothers and fathers and hold fast to the beliefs they raised this great county under; but most of all, let us all honor our Father and stand for Him.
The next four paint a picture that is covered in every law that we are to live under. Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, and do not bear false witness; all of which are covered within our law books in some way or another. If we want to have a life that is fulfilling, we must keep ourselves pure in the eyes of the Lord and in doing so we will please the lawmakers. The last of which we see in many different ways throughout our culture – DO NOT bear false witness to our neighbor. Removing this will allow our community to lose sight of what is one of the key factors in all relationships…we must let truth settle our differences.
Finally we see that we are to keep ourselves from wanting what those around us have. This may be one of the most important things we can glean from the Ten Commandments, and that is, take what you are dealt, do not try to be someone else. The reason we are where we are is because of those around us who have become who they are and have done so honestly…
This group has asked us to remove our heart from the wall of Town Hall, but what we must realize is that we will face adversaries, and it is up to us whether we will give in to the world and live how they want us to live…or will we stand tall and overcome? Please keep this in your prayers…do not let someone who does not know our God tell us who we can serve. The first amendment allows us the freedom to exercise our worship as we wish, and we need to stand firm for our rights as well! God will prevail in the end, the question for each of us is this…will you be standing with Him when it is all said and done?