Gather • Devotion #4: Ten Commandments
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
In 1980 it became illegal to post the Ten Commandments in schools. We as a nation have fallen so far. James Madison said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Madison knew the value of God’s Law. Here is the list from Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Which of those is offensive? Why would we not want those posted in every school?
The removal of the Ten Commandments was not the only major lapse in judgment of our government.
- 1963 – Removal of prayer from schools.
- 1963 – Removal of Bible reading in schools.
- 1965 – Removal of religious instruction in schools.
- 1965 – Illegal for a student to pray aloud in schools.
There is a spiritual war all around us. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. Look how verse 6 describes the battle, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Our battle is not between political parties. It is with Satan. He does not want our children reading the Bible or talking with God. He does not like it when people do things for or with God. Misery loves company and Satan wants to take down anyone and everyone he can.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Put on the armor of God and protect our godly heritage. Protect our past, present, and future. Protect our country.
James Madison is very clear in saying, “We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart.” He also said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”