What is so wrong with the Ten Commandments? That is the question I would ask of the individual who destroyed the Ten Commandments Monument in the Arkansas State Capitol one day after it was erected. After all, they are for the good of society. The first several talk about God and one’s relationship to him. Then we have one that speaks of taking off one day a week from doing work. That’s a pretty good idea wouldn’t you say? It would add greatly to one’s emotional and physical stamina. The last ones address the issues of not murdering, committing adultery, stealing, bearing false witness, and not coveting what your neighbor has. Included in these commandments is the advice to honor one’s father and mother. (Exodus 20:3-17). I think everyone would agree that if society followed the commandments society would be much better off. And if one doesn’t like the idea of God being part of the mix (and I am not advocating this) take the commandments that are left. It would still lead to a better world for everyone.
When God originally gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, he did so because the people were unable to govern themselves in a peaceful and godly way. It was not in their character to do so. They were, by nature, doing all of the things opposite of what the Commandments speak of, and things were not going well for them. So, if good things could result from following the Commandments, why is it that some people can’t find it within themselves to abide by their teachings, or frankly, don’t want to? Isn’t that why we have law enforcement today? Doesn’t that say something about the nature of humanity and the condition of the human heart?
Maybe some are thinking that they don’t want God telling them what to do. Well, okay. Then can humanity do a better job? Just look at the condition the world is in at this moment in time, and there is the answer. The world has had centuries to get rid of all of the things the Commandments say a person should not do in order to make it a better place, but hasn’t wanted to, or been capable of doing.
What is needed is a transformation of the human heart and life. When that happens a person doesn’t even need the Ten Commandments to live by. He or she wants to do what is right and godly by their very nature. How does this happen? Jesus Christ came to earth to die and resurrect from the grave, so that anyone who believes in him can experience a new character. The Bible says that the law was given as a means of showing us our sin nature, and our need for a savior. I used to speak a mission. I got to know people whose lives were turned completely around by the saving grace of Christ. How about you, reader? Have you experienced the transforming power of God so that you no longer need a law to tell you how to live?