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Summary: Dominant Thought: God’s desire and rightful place is the first place in every aspect of our lives

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There’s a new crisis forming in the Strait of Hormuz with Iran. That could lead to a gas price crisis. There’s a global economic crisis that keeps erupting in pockets in Europe. There’s a new worldwide crisis called Lady Gaga, but I want to direct attention to a crisis in our nation of even greater magnitude: There’s a character crisis in our nation.

Violence and fear of it continues. The border with Mexico continues to be unsafe. School and workplace shootings continue to happen every year. A month ago now, Rob Blagojevich became the 4th of the past 9 Illinois governors to go to be sentenced to prison. And last year, Forbes Magazine ranked Rockford #10 on the list of US Cities with the most violent crime occurrences.

Just another indicator that we’re in the middle of a crisis that’s at the root of all others.

Ill – 1991, in The Day America Told the Truth, James Patterson and Peter Kim:

74% of Americans will steal from those who won't miss it

64% will lie for convenience as long as no one is hurt.

93% say they alone decide moral issues, basing their decisions on their own experience or whims

84% say they would break the rules of their own religion.

81% have violated a law they felt to be inappropriate.

What’ll we do? Let me suggest there’s help to be found in what we call the 10 Commandments.

10 Commandments?

You mean that list that the ACLU keeps taking people to court over?

You mean the list that Bible-thumping people with southern accents keep throwing in other peoples’ faces?

You mean that list of things on a bookmark that I learned one summer in VBS but now I can’t quite remember #4 and 6?

You mean the stone tablets that Charlton Heston brought down from the mountain in the movie?

Yes. That list.

The Jews came to know them simply as “the 10 words.” That’s what another name, “the Decalogue” means. We commonly refer to them as the 10 Commandments. I’ll also be calling them God’s Big 10. I know that the Big 10 is actually the incorporated college athletics league that was started in 1895 as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, and that actually now has 12 members instead of 10. Roll with it. I’m going to take 10 weeks in the 10 Commandments, which deserve a lot more attention in our lives. And I’m going to refer to them as God’s Big 10.

I probably don’t need to tell you that not everyone looks upon the Big 10 with favorable eyes.

Quote - Ted Turner, creator of Cable News Network, told members of the National Newspaper Association in Atlanta that the 10 Commandments don’t relate to current problems. Turner said, "We're living with outmoded rules. The rules we're living under is the Ten Commandments, and I bet nobody here even pays much attention to 'em, because they are too old. When Moses went up on the mountain, there were no nuclear weapons, there was no poverty. Today, the commandments wouldn't go over. Nobody around likes to be commanded. Commandments are out.


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