"Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."1
Brett Blair wrote, "A few years ago … [Mr. X, a well-known media personality] made headlines when he said the Ten Commandments were obsolete. He went on to say, ‘We're living with outmoded rules. The rules we're living under are 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 Ten Commandments wouldn't go over. Nobody around likes to be commanded. Commandments are out.’
“Mr. X then modestly offered his own version which he called the ‘Ten Voluntary Initiatives.’ … Listen to his first two: #1, ‘I promise to love and respect planet Earth and all living things on the earth, especially my fellow species.’ Not bad. #2, ‘I promise to treat all persons everywhere with dignity, respect and friendliness.’ What was intriguing about this second Initiative was that he violated it a few minutes later by bashing Christians. He called us losers and bozos. He later apologized.”2
Could you imagine the State calling the laws of the road: "Voluntary Initiatives"? Half of us would be dead or maimed for life already.
Some time ago someone said the following about Nietzsche who declared that God was dead:
Nietzsche: "God is dead."
God: "Nietzsche is dead."
Mr. X will also go the way of all such “prophets” as will all who discard the Ten Commandments and God's universal moral laws.
In America today (as in many other parts of the world) many "believe that there are no 'moral absolutes.' Many hold to a philosophy of 'moral relativism.' One poll found that 67% of Americans do not believe in moral absolutes. Among 'Baby Busters', those born between 1965 and 1983, the percentage was even higher at 78%. Even 62% of professing Christians said that there was no absolute standard of right and wrong.3
We have taken God's Word and prayer out of our schools. Many are trying to do away with and prohibit any public display of the Ten Commandments. Others are determined to take the words "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. These same people sarcastically ask Christians when we see senseless violence, random shootings, vicious killings, and acts of terrorism, "Where is your God now?"
God is where He always was and is. It is we who have left God and discarded His commandments, and we are reaping what we have sown.
"James Madison, the 4th President of the United States said this, 'We stake the future of this country on our ability to govern ourselves under the principles of the Ten Commandments.'"4
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for all your commandments and Your universal moral laws which are for our safety, protection, and survival. Help us as a nation to see that we have sown the wind and are reaping a whirlwind. Please have mercy on us and send us a great awakening and a revival of the Spirit that we so desperately need. And start Your work in me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV).
2. Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com, Oct. 2002. Adapted from a sermon by Dr. David E. Leininger.
3. Alan Carr, Sermon: "Ten Commandments." From www.eSermons.com.