ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DAVID VOGEL
When I first thought about writing on this topic, I chickened out. Now, I believe I’m ready to express my thoughts about a current event that happened a little more than a month ago.
Chief Justice Roy Moore placed a 2.6-ton granite monument of the 10 Commandments, which were given to Moses from God, in the state building two years ago.
This, however, violated the U.S. Constitution’s principle of separation of church and state. Judge Myron Thompson ruled the monument be moved.
A week after Moore’s deadline to move it himself, the commandments were moved to a back storage room and out of the public’s view.
To me, it is so sad that we aren’t allowed to bring our beliefs to a public place anymore. Didn’t the pilgrims move to this land so they could worship their own God, in their own way, anywhere they wanted? How about the first amendment about freedom of speech?
Quite frankly, I think America is going down the drain. I don’t lack respect and love for our country, but if they take away the simple rules that we, as Christians, are commanded to follow, what will they do next? Take the “one nation under God” part out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
Did you know that “Amen” was originally at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance?
Or will they take the “In God We Trust” off of our money? (In a “M*A*S*H” episode, Hawkeye once answered this question with, “If you can’t trust your money, who can you trust?” But, that is beside the point.)
Like I said, America is losing its connection with God. Crime rates are getting worse. The rules that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai are being broken every day.
Just to remind us what we should be doing, here are the 10 Commandments (from Exodus 20).
“You shall have no other gods before me,” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol.”
This, of course, means we should not worship any idols or other figures-spiritual or physical-instead of God. I know most of us don’t have a golden cow in our living rooms that we pray to, but how about our hobbies?
I know sometimes Beanie Babies or the Internet get in the way of God for me. That is something I need to work with.
Or how about the TV show “American Idol”? An idol is something that is worshiped, and here, that means worshipping a person. Seems innocent enough, doesn’t it? It just goes to show how deluded our faith can get in this world.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God in any way.”
This is another thing we all do without thinking first. How many times a day do you use the word “Gosh” or “Gee”? They sound innocent enough, don’t they? But quite frankly, you really say “God” or “Jesus.” This goes to show how bad all of us flub up this commandment every day.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
This one’s a simple one: Don’t work on the Sabbath (Sunday). This one makes me feel guilty right now, because I’m writing this column on Sunday.
Most of us have Sunday off, but then we go to restaurants and just make other people work. Maybe a bologna sandwich after church wouldn’t be so bad.
“Honor your father and your mother.”
I see this one broken at school every day. So many times you hear kids “dissing” their parents.
“You shall not murder.”
I guess that rules out the death penalty. Is it right to repeat the same crime the person in the electric chair committed?
“You shall not commit adultery.”
Anymore, this doesn’t even seem like a big deal. It happens so often on TV that most of us don’t even think about it as breaking one of God’s rules.
“You shall not steal.”
If not any of the other commandments above, all of us are guilty of this one. Whether it is a TV or a piece of candy, even if it’s just from our little brother, it’s still a sin.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
We’ve all done this one, too. It’s easy to falsely accuse someone of doing something you should take the blame for.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s….”
What is it that you are jealous about? Would you like your neighbor’s house, dog, car, Beanie Babies or even wife?
Although it’s hard, I guess that means we’re not supposed to get jealous over something we don’t have and don’t need.
Well, there they are-all 10 of them. If none of us in this world followed these rules, we would have a dirty-mouthed, sex-filled, multiple-godded, disrespectful, over-working world.
See what our lives would be like without them?
If you were for Thompson’s ruling to get rid of the monument, what do you think now? I’m hoping you’ve had a change of heart.
I guess a vanity plate I recently saw on a truck pretty much sums it all up: God will bless America when America returns to God.