EXODUS 31:18: “When he finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Why is there so much objection to the 10 Commandments today? When I grew up the 10 Commandments were seen as the basic moral guidelines for our culture. Yet, over the years a growing opposition has called for the removal of the 10 commandments from our schools and from the public square. What is behind this?

There has always been those who do not believe in God. Yet, as a child we proudly said the pledge of allegiance, including the phrase – “…one nation under God…”. As the Bible was taken out of schools, and prayer was seen as a breach of the separation of church and state, the battle against the 10 commandments was emboldened.

When you look at the following commandments, still in today’s culture, there is a general agreement of this common morality.

  • “Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Do not murder.
  • Do not commit adultery.
  • Do not steal.
  • Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  • Do not covet your neighbor’s house.
  • Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:12-17 CSB

Anyone with common sense would agree that these values are worth teaching in our schools and are needed in our culture. However, as schools have taken out the 10 Commandments, they have tried to replace them with a general teaching of virtues. Yet, trying to teach the virtues of the commandments above does not work. Why? Because it is the first three commandments that give strength to the latter 7.

  • “Do not have other gods besides me. Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.
  • Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses his name.
  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy:”. Exodus 20:3-4, 7-8 CSB

The first three commandments are the reason the 10 Commandments are being rejected in our culture today. They are the backbone of the other 7. In fact, all 10 Commandments were written with the finger of God. They are not negotiable. They are – commandments! Our culture rejects the concept of a Sovereign God. They reject the the notion of a narrow way. It is not the moral code of the 10 Commandments that is being rejected in our culture today – it is the Author!

Without a Sovereign God they become merely suggestions. Yet, if there is a Creator, if God is Sovereign, if He alone is the one true God, then we must embrace all of His commands. These commands are the basic moral code for mankind. Without them we open the doors to a culture and civilization that not only rejects God, but one that dismisses common decency and morality. And in such a culture we find ourselves.

The first two commandments were followed by a stern warning.

  • “Do not bow in worship to them (idols, other gods), and do not serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ iniquity, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commands.” Exodus 20:5-6 CSB

There are consequences when we dismiss God from the public square. We are seeing these consequences in our culture today. While people debate gun control when there is a mass shooting, there are not many who are calling out the elephant in the room. It is not the access to guns that has led to the increase of violence in our culture. Rather, it is the lack of access to the 10 Commandments. A nation that turns its back on God and His commands opens the door to every sort of evil.

Lord, forgive me for failing to honor You and Your commands. Forgive me for failing to understand the importance of the 10 Commandments. Help me to see them as Your call to live a life that is empowered by love. First, a love and devotion to You as the one true God. And then, a love and devotion to others as I respect and honor them in my life. Your 10 Commandments show me love at work!

  • “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:36-40 CSB

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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  1. Amen! Outstanding insights, Kirk!


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