The Ten Commandments in contemporary society have transitioned from being revered to becoming “ten suggestions”, and now, to “ten irrelevant ideas.” Removing them from public places, vandalizing them, and protesting endlessly about those who respect them, may cause a stir, but do little to restrain their power.
As an artist, I choose to exercise my liberty to declare them visually. I testify that they are immutable. Break them at will, but know this - breaking them will exact a cost so dear that it is far wiser to obey.
Acknowledge God. He exists. He is the Creator of the universe; God of the macro and micro, bugs and germs, galaxies and stars, and regions beyond what the mind of man can conceive.
The Ten Commandments are too archaic to impact our sophisticated evolved civilization, right? Wrong! Murder, sexual sins, human trafficking, stealing, adultery, betrayal... would any of this happen if we heeded the Ten Commandments?
Denying Him has cost us a lot. Look around and see the mayhem caused by the total lack of a reverential fear of who God is.
People have sought from time immemorial to break free from these Ten Commandments. The resultant chaos in broken lives, shattered relationships and wrecked homes should offer plenty of proof that these are every bit as relevant to humanity as when they were first given.
but it is far easier to chart our own course, make our own rules and
fly by the seat of our pants, than it is to acknowledge them, let alone
Beware of who, or what, you worship! Idolatry is a serious offense in God’s eyes. The most prevalent form of idolatry is in the worship of self - the colossal ME - my needs, my opinions, my dreams, my ideas…
While God made us unique and truly wonderful, we are far from worthy to be lauded as God. Every time God’s Word is ignored, dismissed or scoffed at, human opinion is lifted up as being far wiser than He is.
Celebrating human accomplishment, without the tempering awareness of God’s hand in it, is a violation of this commandment.
This commandment is far more than merely holding guilty those who curse God. He is holy.
He takes very seriously the maligning of His character, nature and name. Do not misrepresent Him, by killing, stealing or lying in His name.
The Sabbath day is ignored in favor of soccer games, football, shopping, catching up on chores after a strenuous week... Yet the commandment warns us that it is a day to be set aside, to gather together to worship Him for His holiness and to be a day of rest.
In a world obsessed with youth and beauty, this commandment urges us to remember the elderly. Your parents gave you life, therefore, honor and respect them. This is the first commandment with a blessing. Ignore at your own risk.
One day, you too will grow old.
God places infinite value on every human life. Beware of being a participant in snuffing it out.
Marriage is sacred. God treats the covenant made between a man and a woman seriously. Breaking this commandment brings consequences that affect the generations to come.
This needs no commentary, except that today stealing happens on such an outrageous scale.
Don’t steal anything belonging to anyone else, ever - not things large or things small, a pencil nor a staple, a straw nor a paper cup….
Oh, and please don't steal credit that belongs to another, or art that someone else created.... There's much much more, but you get it!
Watch the words of your mouth. Don’t lie and don’t gossip. It will weave a web of deceit so horrendous that you will never find your way out of it. One day be called to account for every word ever spoken!
The sin of covetousness goes deep. Beware of the lust of your eyes and a passion for stuff.
Why covet when you could be blessed beyond measure by a God who promises much blessing if we heed His word!
Finally, there are two commandments Jesus gave, which if you obey will make the rest impossible to break!
There you have it! All the commandments that we will ever need to live happy, fulfilled lives of peace and joy. Yet foolishly too many turn away from the wisdom of these commandments only to spend their lives in a constant struggle for survival. I pray that you will be wise to obey them.