Posted by: nmontague | March 25, 2016

The Ten Commandments

I finished reading Mosiah a couple weeks ago and it’s been on my mind. Here we have a book about being liberated from evil government. Seems appropriate considering the current political struggles in the nation and the current election cycle.

The key to the liberation of the people was inviting the people to Christ. As the people struggled against oppressive government they only became liberated as they turned to the Lord and chose to covenant with Him. When they failed to do that they continued struggling until they were brought down to the depths of humility.

In particular, we see the preaching of a prophet, Abinadi. A single man who went to his death for the sake of the truth. Despite not seeing the results, he had a tremendous effect on countless future generations.

In the midst of preaching the need for a Savior, Abinadi reviewed the Ten Commandments almost smack dab in the middle of the Book of Mosiah. In a book focused on liberation and Christ, what is the significance of spending time on the Ten Commandments? It just seems as though there is an important reason for it.

I’ve seen no evidence that God has revoked the Ten Commandments. And yet it seems more people are worried about whether the commandments are on display in a government building rather than whether they are etched in our hearts. Maybe the culture war should be focusing less on outward displays and more on inward changes.

Courts may remove prayer from schools but only we can remove it from our homes. Courts may remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse but only we can remove them from our hearts.  If we pray in our homes and keep the Ten Commandments in our lives it won’t matter who wins an election whether it’s Democrat or Republican, whether it’s Cruz, Trump, Sanders, or Clinton.

I’m convinced that more consistent obedience to the Ten Commandments can help us know Christ and lead us to liberty because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. So let’s make a commitment to do better in following the Ten Commandments and more. Change begins with us. Culture war is won and lost in our lives and families.


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