Posted by: nmontague | February 26, 2011

Practice what you preach

I was watching today’s episode of the Glenn Beck Program at The Daily Beck and it has me thinking quite a bit tonight. Tonight’s show had a discussion between a few of the members of the New Black Robe Regiment on living faith in America. It was focused on faith in God, mostly among Christians and Jews in America, though I think the principles can be applied even with other faiths.  You can watch the episode at the Daily Beck or here if you have time:

In the middle of the show there was a discussion on the 10 commandments. Apparently few people even know what the commandments are. I have to agree with the conclusion they had on the show when they stated that our nation would be a far different place if we all kept those commandments. I’d like to encourage anyone who reads this to study the 10 commandments. Memorize them. They might not be able to be displayed in various public places, but that doesn’t mean we can’t write them on our hearts and display them in our lives through our actions. To help in your efforts here are the 10 commandments:

1. I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

4. Remember the Sabath to keep it Holy. Six days shalt thou 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:

5. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

6. Thou shalt not murder

7. Thou shalt not commit adultry

8. Thou shalt not steal

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

All of these commandments can be found in Exodous 20.

It’s key that if we practice a faith, we need to live it to the best of our ability. We may stumble and fail sometimes. But the key is to make the effort. That way we can be honorable people by practicing what we preach. Another interesting part of this episode of the show was the beginning discussion pointing out that in some moral areas athiests are doing better than Christians.

What is the point of professing a belief if you don’t live it? How does it profit you to believe in something you don’t do? You might believe that drug use is wrong, but if you still light up every day, what’s the point of the belief? It has no power in your life.

In my experience, there is power in living what you believe. Life can get difficult sometimes and we need every bit of Divine power we can get. God wants us to be happy. That’s why He gives us the counsel and commands He does. It’s time we evaluate our lives, determine what we need to work on and get working on it.


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