Ten Commandments

10 Items

You Shall Not Covet

To live right in relationship with God and with one another is not about removing the capacity to desire from our lives. The goal is to refocus our desire on that which is God-oriented.

You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against a Neighbor

Our truth-telling is not just about our necessity to be honest or our public institutions to demand honesty – it’s about our right and faithful participation in community.

You Shall Not Steal

Stealing would be better identified “as any activity that damages or destroys a person’s or a community’s opportunity for a tolerable life in community – consisting at least of adequate food, clothing, shelter, work, and hope for the future.” And the Command says, do not steal.

You Shall Not Commit Adultery

As with the other commandments, an interpretation of “you shall not commit adultery” that maintains ancient east models would be quite dangerous for our society today. We need a more faithful application for life in the 21st Century.

You Shall Not Kill

In our attempts to weasel out of this command, we are not helped much by trying to substitute the word murder for kill, or vice versa. We need to reclaim God’s intent in the sixth commandment, and learn to more faithfully live it out.

Honor Thy Father and Mother

I think to exemplify this fifth commandment faithfully today means addressing one primary question: how are you showing your gratitude for life?

Remember the Sabbath?

Perhaps we need to reframe our understanding of Sabbath rest. The Sabbath is not about doing nothing. We should be putting as much effort into the Sabbath as we do every other day, for truly, Sabbath is about actively seeking to withdraw from our labor.

Thou Shall No Make Wrongful Use of the Lord’s Name

The third commandment calls us to have integrity with God, and to not trivialize God’s power.

Thou Shall Not Make For Yourself an Idol

Perhaps it is best said that our idolatry today is not defined by creating false images of God, that instead, it’s defined by creating false images of the world God has created – a world that at it’s creation, God called good.

I Am the Lord Your God

I am convinced that to understand the ten commandments today, we must understand them as they were first presented to the people of Israel. The ten commandments were offered by God to the people of Israel through Moses as they were wandering in the wilderness, having left their lives of slavery in Egypt in search of the promised land – the expected final destination, which they were persuaded would be filled with the blessings of God’s glory.