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Summary: In a somewhat humorous way, this sermon systematically describes how each commandment is entirely relevant in a day when the commandments are being outlawed in the USA. The commandments are a description of how things could be. Why are people afraid of

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What’s Wrong With The Commandments?

Exodus 20:1-7

3/09/12

••••be advised....I use Lutheran numbering of the commandments.... the numbers may not match up for you••••

I’m so very very confused. The Ten Commandments under fire. They are being removed from courthouses and other public spaces. What is it about the commandments that sets people off?

Is it the first commandment, that bothers them? That we should have no other Gods? Perhaps. But then again, isn’t it this generation which has continually told us that we all worship the same God? Why would they now be so offended by a commandment which asserts that there is but one God?

Is it the Second commandment that so offends them? What? They are sympathetic to the the foul-mouthed people of the world? They like swearing and cursing in the workplace all the live long day? And when they go to court are they pleased to have people who have no spiritual scruples against lying to testify against them? I don’t get it!

Or how about the Third commandment. Remembering the Sabbath Day... the day of rest. What’s the problem? Don’t they like weekends? This commandment is what called weekends into existence. The Jews, following this command observed the sabbath on Saturday, and Christians, on the Lord’s day, Sunday. So the weekend is a gift to humanity that originated from this commandment they now seek to eliminate. Do they really want to do that? I don’t think so.

Or perhaps its the forth commandment that so raises their ire. “Honor your father and mother,” it says. Apparently, they like like bratty kids. They want all children to grow to a bane and burden to society. that have no respect for authority and grow up to be a burden and a bane to society. I just saying, I don’t think that’s what they really want.

Maybe it’s the 5th commandment that really gets their goat. They despise the way it puts value on human life. They want murder to be legalized. They want their neighbor to be free to come over and and murder them whenever they feel like it! Again, I don’t think that’s what they really want.

Then there’ s the 6th commandment. Honoring the life-long commitment of a man and a woman to love each other and be faithful to one another. So they favor adultery? They favor husbands being unfaithful to their wives and wives being unfaithful to their husbands? They relish the sorrow and pain of wasting their opportunity to learn to love in exchange for moments of pure lust. They like the way the hearts of children are broken over the divorce of their parents? Nope I don’t think they want any of that.

7th Commandment....protection of personal property? What’s the beef with that? They want people to steal their stuff? The relish the idea of roving bands of thieves breaking into people’s houses and making off with their flat screens? With joy, do they look forward to being taken for a ride by swindlers and cheats? Of course not! Nobody wants this!

8th Commandment... Protects people’s reputation. What’s wrong with that? Do they enjoy libelous remarks made against them? Do the revel in being slandered and and laughed at in public? Nope.


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