A Baptist minister, who apparently finds the Ten Commandments offensive when not displayed in areas meeting his approval, has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove a monument to God's laws from the grounds of the Oklahoma City Capitol building. Instead of placing the appropriate importance to God and His Word as the most important standard by which we should all live our lives, he believes that the Constitution (State and/or Federal) prohibits this monument from being displayed on government ground. He, along with many it seems, has exchanged his belief in the sacred Word of God for his allegiance to the sacred word of government.
This minister’s complaint is that the monument forces people of other faiths than Christians or Jews, and those of no faith at all, to endure the horrific onslaught of the moral verbiage of the Ten Commandments. Did not Jesus say, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34 ESV). The morals and ethics of the Kingdom of God are in direct opposition to the selfishness that is human nature. In other words, the Ten Commandments are supposed to confront thinking and living that does not line up with God’s standard. Maybe the people, including this minister apparently, have a problem with viewing the Ten Commandments because it convicts their consciences concerning their relationship with a Holy Creator God.
The government’s continual rejection of all things Godly will eventually result in atheism being the only belief system allowed. We can have any belief we want, as long as we do not let anyone know about them. The only religion that will be allowed open public acceptance will be atheism. The First Amendment to the Constitution contains these words, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”. In allowing the placement of the Ten Commandments monument (paid for by private citizens, by the way), the Congress is in no way ‘establishing’ a ‘religion’. Although, they might be “prohibiting the free expression thereof” instead.
Jesus told His followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV). Nowhere are believers instructed by God to hide His Word or capitulate to those who are in rebellion to Him and who reject His lordship. Even the Old Testament drew this line in the sand when Joshua declared, “...choose this day whom you will serve...” (Joshua 24:15 ESV). Should we bow down to the pressures of those who seek to remove God from the public arena? True believers should say with Peter and the other apostles, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29 ESV).
Will the government uphold God’s Word or will atheism become the one religion the government is willing to ‘establish’?