The Ten Commandments made the news again when an Arkansas monument was destroyed…again. This was the second set of stone tablets to be erected on the State Capitol property, and within 24 hours, they were smashed.
(If you aren’t seeing any weird Moses story connections, I suggest re-reading that first paragraph.)
While the destruction of The Ten Commandments monument may be a religious hate-crime, while having them up in the first place maybe seen as a passive aggressive way of forcing religion on people that don’t want it, or seen as a way of moralizing a spiritual faith, I want to go on the record: IT IS TIME TO LET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS DIE.And when I say that they need to die, I mean, we need to get passed them.
Just pause for a second and think about this:
Christians, Christ-followers, disciples of Jesus the Christ, whatever label you want to put on yourself, are likely throwing a tantrum, having an Internet spat because a list of ten rules that you do not follow or obey is being destroy in symbolism only.
Again, stop, and think about that.
You follow Jesus. Not the Law. You follow the example set forth in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ, not a strict and lifeless adherence to 10 rules. Which, by the way, are but a handful of the 613 commandments of the Old Testament.
What Jesus called us to, the first and most important commandment, was,
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ – Matthew 22:37
And also this,
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:39
These are the “Law” that we are called to be obedient to.
If you want to love God and love your neighbour by following the 10 Commandments, great. I’m doing that too.
But my faith isn’t going to fall apart because someone knocked over a giant stone replica of the 10 Commandments. And if your faith does fall apart at this news…I am really sorry, but you need to examine what you are believing in.
And remember that, this individual that knocked over one, remember that, he knocked over a single replica of the 10 Commandments in the United States of America. There are dozens more. The world doesn’t end because of this single act. The world is not declaring a unanimous war on Christians because of this. We all need to calm down.
If, and I’m saying if because I don’t believe that the world is rallying together to destroy Christianity in this action, what is the big deal?
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
We need to let the 10 Commandments go already. If they fall or get knocked down, this truth still remains. Jesus Christ is alive, and He will not be knocked down by anyone. Rejoice in that.