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Summary: I want to call each of you to commit yourself to helping strengthen the foundations that make our families strong and secure. I know of no better way to do this than to return to the very beginning. Let’s review the Ten Commandments. I know I am preach

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Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister

First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO

Family Classics Series 2006

God’s Top Ten: Strengthening the Foundation

Exodus 20:1-17

It happens unexpectedly. The process actually takes place slowly over weeks, and months, even years. On the surface, everything looks normal. However, underneath, it’s another story. Water begins to wash away the sub-soil. Once the erosion reaches a critical point, it happens. A sinkhole suddenly appears taking everything on the surface with it—roads, cars, houses, everything!

The 200-foot wide, 35-foot deep sinkhole in the picture happened in Bowling Green, KY a few years back. A much smaller one occurred in the pavement near the Columbia Mall last year. They happen in Florida all the time. Last week an entire lake suddenly drained when a large sinkhole developed beneath the lakebed.

Hold that picture in your mind. That same thing is happening in our society and families. We suffer from what some have called the Sinkhole Syndrome. Slowly but surely the foundations have eroded away. Collapse can’t be far behind.

The evidence surrounds us. According to the Gallup polling organization, eighty percent of Americans claim to believe in the Ten Commandments, but over half can’t name five of them. Not long ago Jay Leno asked his audience to name one of the Ten Commandments. No one responded until one member of the studio audience finally raised his hand and said, "God helps those who help themselves?" Worse yet, Gallup says he can find very little difference in ethical behavior between churchgoers and non-church goers. He insists that according to his research the levels of lying, cheating, and stealing are remarkably similar in both groups.

Today as we close this year’s edition of our Season of the Family, I want to call each of you to commit yourself to helping strengthen the foundations that make our families strong and secure. I know of no better way to do this than to return to the very beginning. Let’s review the Ten Commandments. I know I am preaching to the choir on this. Most of you know the Ten Commandments well. But I am also convinced we all need to hear them over and over. Our young, especially, need to hear and know them—some for the very first time.

I want to make ten quick observations on the Ten Commandments. Each explains a part of why they are so important to our families and society.

This is my first observation. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our free society. Despite recent attempts to have displays of the Commandments banned from the public square, the evidence of the impact of the commandments on our history is everywhere. The Supreme Court building itself illustrates this. Above the entrance, a stone relief pictures the great lawgivers of history. All are turned toward one central figure that alone faces forward—Moses, holding the Ten Commandments. Inside the building, above the bench where the justices deliver their rulings stands another replica of the Commandments.


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