Every now and then someone makes a comment that causes you to sit back and think something over. That happened to me this morning. I was looking over Facebook briefly before going to work and someone posted a comment on a share I made last night of my previous post about Imprecatory prayer. Her remark went like this:
well..i have never heard of imprecatory prayer before..i am fascinated at the thoughts this provokes in me..i will be talking to my pastor tomorrow about this..definitely...will be interesting to hear what he thinks about your article and imprecatory prayer...this is the kind of Christian activity (the letter)that causes me to shudder..and shake..with frustration and disbelief at the kind of individual who wrote that letter to mikey(and i did read about him..and i agree with him in principle and in practice)and is why i do not like to be labeled a Christian...i want to be known as a Believer in Christ Jesus..i believe in his Grace..without condemnation...without judgement of my fellow man..
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
Really? This violates the First Amendment right off the bat.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Another violation of the First Amendment - prior restraint of free speech.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Isn’t what it sounds like. This is NOT a prohibition of saying something like “goddamm”. It is a prohibition against using god’s name in an oath, then violating that oath. Again, not a basic law, either, nothing in the Constitution about that.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Whoops, First Amendment violation again!
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Not in the Constitution at all.
6. You shall not murder.
State law, not Federal. Besides, it’s been in every legal system since at least Hammurabi, hundreds of years before Moses’ time.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
Same thing. Besides, almost every State has now dropped adultery laws as un-Constitutional.
8. You shall not steal.
State Law, not Federal. But again, it’s been in every legal system since at least Hammurabi, too.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
This is the only one that is close to being a bedrock principle, but again, it’s been in every legal system since at least Hammurabi, too.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.
Man, this is not only not in the Constitution, but it is a violation of every principle of our economic system. Our Capitalist system depends on this covetous feeling. Besides, since when does the US system describe a woman as the husband’s property? Neither are any “servants”, since they are, in our system, free agents, and thus, able to walk out for a better job elsewhere at any point in time.
This is obviously not the basis of American law. The real basis of our law is the Constitution, which never uses the word god or the name Jesus or the title Christ and only uses the word religion twice, once to prohibit any religious test for public office and again in the First Amendment to protect against government entanglement with religion or vice versa.