There are several left leaning groups that are working diligently to remove the Biblical Ten Commandments from the public's view. My side typically argues that the Ten Commandments are the basis for natural law (don't steal or murder come to mind). But the left has a problem with this? While it may be clear why they would object to the first four, I believe I can list their reasons for all ten.
- One and only one God – Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7
Some libs think that there is either no God, or many different gods; but heaven forbid that there be just one Supreme God. To them, only the State is supreme. All hail to the state.
- No other God's – Exodus 20:4, 5 and Deuteronomy 5:8,9, 10
The State is supreme. There are groups of atheists today that believe children need to be inoculated against the virus of religion, especially Christianity. Some believe that the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States should protect us from all public expression of religion. That State is a jealous god, not wanting to share authority with any.
- Respect God's name – Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11
In this day and age? Why should the libs do that?
- Honor the Sabbath – Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15
The libs want Christians to relegate this to their closets. It's ok to worship but just don't bring it into the workplace or school or any other public place. They cry, "Separation of Church and State." They want the state to protect them from the church and keep it away from them.
- Honor authority (Parents first) – Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16
Their philosophy here is to question authority. The kids can learn everything they need to know in the public schools and the media. They don't want any of that parental propaganda; especially from parents that cling to their guns and Bibles.
- No Murder – Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17
The Bible is clear that society can kill under two conditions; capital punishment or war. Some of the libs believe neither of these are reasons to kill. However, they have no problem with terminating the old that have exceeded their productive life and the young or handicapped that are unwanted or incapable of being productive. It's for the greater good you see.
- No Adultery – Exodus 20:14 and Deuteronomy 5:18
God's word blesses sex between a male husband and his female wife. All other sexual unions are forbidden. There are many people today, not just libs that believe this view is too narrow. They would prefer the instructions on a package of condoms to the instructions in God's Word. No other guidelines are wanted. Look at the entertainment media with its gratuitous sex. And rarely is it between husband and wife; all of the fun of sex but never the responsibility.
- No Stealing – Exodus 20:15 and Deuteronomy 5:19
They agree that individuals should not take other peoples stuff. But the libs believe that the government can and should redistribute wealth. Remember the Marxist mantra, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need". Let us tax the rich to pay for what WE decide is good for everybody.
- No False Witness – Exodus 20:16 and Deuteronomy 5:20
We don't even need to go to the government to see this. The media is so ready to fabricate stories against people that they do not like. One very blatant example is Dan Rather (who would rather be correct then right any day) with his, "The evidence is fake but we know the story is true."
- No Coveting – Exodus 20:17 and Deuteronomy 5:21
This is the basis of the class warfare mentality. Witness the hue and cry when the public hears about the sizes of some of the executive bonuses given in the corporate world. It should not be anybodies business, least of all the governments, what a company decides to pay its employees. Are there crooks in the business world? Yes! But do not tell me that the government has fewer crooks. I won't believe you.
It is clear that they do not want the Ten Commandments; NOT just because they are biblical, but it would cramp their lifestyle.
Depressing but there is good news. Jesus summarized the commandments into two, "Love the Lord your God with all of your soul, heart, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself". This is the standard that God measures us by. How are we doing? How are you doing? While we may strive to meet the standard, we have to be honest and admit that we have failed. God knew we would and that is why He sent Jesus to die on the cross. He did that for us. Jesus is the answer for the standard that we cannot keep.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16 NKJV)