The Ten Commandments in America

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Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Ten Commandments are the best laws ever devised, because they came from God. They are the foundation on which America stands. The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are based on God’s precepts. The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

When God gave us the Ten Commandments, he promised that if we obeyed them, “it will be well with thee, and ye may increase mightily.”

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  (Deuteronomy 6:3-7)

Fifty years ago, every school child in America was familiar with the Ten Commandments. Now they’ve been forgotten, because it’s illegal to teach them in public schools. Here are the forbidden teachings of God, the Ten Commandments, that are banned by the same Federal government that is based on them.

“I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife,  thou shalt not covet thy neighbours’s  manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox,  nor his ass,  nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:2-17)

The Ten Commandments are a gift from God. He ordered us to teach them to our children. When we observed God’s commandments, we enjoyed his blessing. In fact, God has blessed America more than any nation that has ever existed. Why? Because, we are his people and our nation was founded on his word. God did exactly what the Bible said he would do. This is an accurate description of the blessings we used to enjoy:

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:” (Deuteronomy 28:1-13 )

We used to be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. Our enemies feared us because we were stronger than them. We were the head and not the tail. We loaned money to many nations, instead of borrowing it from them. Now, everything is reversed. We are cursed in the city and cursed in the field. Our enemies are attacking us at home and mocking us for our weakness and lack of wisdom. We are the tail and not the head. We are borrowing trillions of dollars from other nations.

So, where did we go wrong? Our government turned against God, and abandoned the Ten Commandments. However, there are millions and millions of Christians in America, and we are free to observe them as we worship the Lord.

If we seek him and keep his commandments, he will bless us and heal our land. We are not like any other nation. We are God’s people. America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. All we have to do is act like who we are.

The Bible says that the things that happened to the Children of Israel were examples for us. God told them, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Life is obeying the Lord, and death is rebelling against him. The Children of Israel chose death. The whole nation rebelled against God, except for Joshua and Caleb. God always rewards those who obey him, and punishes those who rebel against him. He was merciful to the Children of Israel and provided for their basic needs, but they had lost their reward. They missed the Promised Land and had to wander around in the wilderness until they died.

Their children went into the Promised Land, led by Joshua and Caleb. God made them into a mighty nation. But, eventually, they turned against the Lord and worshipped other gods. That is when they lost everything:  The nation of Israel was lost, the Temple was destroyed, the gold of the Temple were carried away to Babylon, and God’s people went into slavery. America could face a similar fate—except for one thing. We have a very powerful ally, the One True and Living God. We are members of his family through Jesus Christ, and everyone who opposes him loses.

He is the Creator of the Universe. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is The LORD your God. He made America a mighty nation. He will fight for us, just like he did in the American Revolution.

Our times are like those that Americans faced in 1776. A tyrannical government was confiscating everything they had. American Patriots had to take drastic action to keep themselves and their children from being slaves to their government. They fought and won the liberty that we still enjoy today. They shed their blood for us. They were with God, and God was with them.

Now, we are facing the most important Presidential election in our history. It will determine your children’s future and the future of America. You are not just voting for a man, for Romney or Obama, you are voting for the ideas that they represent.

If you vote for Obama, you’re voting for an ever-expanding government that confiscates everything you have through higher and higher taxes. A government that is spending our grandchildren into massive debt that they can never pay off.  A government that takes away our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If you vote for Romney, you’re voting for a return to the principles that made America great. You’ve voting for a smaller government that spends much less money. A government that lets you keep more of your hard-earned money to spend on your family. A government that leaves you alone and lets you enjoy your freedom.

Be sure that you’re registered to vote, show up at the polls on election day, and vote. If you usually don’t vote,  please vote in this election. It’s really important. Do it for your children and your grandchildren. Do it for your neighbors, your fellow Americans. Do it for the Lord, and do it for America.

 

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