Off the Wall, September 1,

Recently I happened to get a glimpse of what my wife was watching on TV and heard a man make a statement that stopped me in my tracks. I proceeded to listen to his assertions.

“Everyone uses the name of the Lord in vain nowadays. It’s used everywhere, in movies, at ball games by announcers, at business meetings, everywhere. This certainly goes to prove that The Ten Commandments are obsolete!”

If there was ever a statement outlandishly absurd, it was that very exclamation. Need I state that God gave us free will when He created us? We have the option of doing or saying what is right or wrong, as the case may be. It sounded to me like this fellow was just trying to prove to others that whatever he said or did was correct, and everything else didn’t apply because it was archaic.

Having self-discipline or letting our actions wane is a mindset all one’s life. Whatever we do, we permit ourselves to follow through with that action. What cuts into them is sacrifice – telling ourselves over and over again that we will or will not do something, and as my mother would state, “Stick to your guns, baby!”

This man opened a whole new can of worms (not a PeeVeeism) when he made that comment. What are The Ten Commandments?

Since I am a Catholic, that may make some readers uneasy as their translations may differ from mine. Second, I realize that various denominations have interpreted some of the rules of the Kingdom. I will never disrespect anyone for his belief.

Those who aspire to commit to the King James translation may feel that their views of interpretation are the laws of the land and so it is. I surely don’t think anyone from that persuasion considers The Ten Commandments obsolete by any means of the imagination.

So, without further ado, let me list them (with a bit of commentary here and there).

  1. I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before me. That means keeping Him primary above all other things, desires or mindsets. For instance, there are those who live to watch TV day in and day out. They have made television their god and pushed God out of the picture. There are home shopping networks on the tube that women, in particular, watch addictively. They have made these programs their gods. They look for material gain, turning over God’s money for their self-gain. There is no dependency on God here.
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. The Holy Scriptures states if one does, there are dire consequences. Reconciliation is necessary to absolving this sin.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day. This is one of those sticky subjects that has revealed to me, if by no other, that man has pushed God out of the picture in order to do his own thing. His freewill has convinced his self-motivation to do whatever despite what the Church teaches. Now, I realize there are jobs that have to be attended for various reasons. But as Monsignor Charnoki once told me, “If one does not have to depend on one’s income as the prime source, wait until Monday to do the task. Of consequence, I always write my Sunday inspirations at a later date as led by the Holy Spirit
  4. Honor thy mother and father. No one said this would be easy. Every offspring must consider this a must!
  5. Thou shall not kill. Freewill has definitely pushed God out of the picture here. Man is not thinking about pleasing God, but seeking self-gratification. How painful it must be for Him.
  6. Thou shall not commit adultery. Gratification of the flesh is causing societal deterioration. The devil is pleased.
  7. Thou shall not steal. This rule of God’s is engrained in every descent human being. It will never be obsolete!
  8. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. I don’t see this happening any more now than years ago.
  9. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife. In my opinion, I don’t see this commandment being obsolete at all.
  10. Thy shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods. Luke 12:15 sums today’s truth of the matter: “Take care to guard against all greed, for one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

They are not obsolete! Carved in stone, they still apply today. Ponder that thought!.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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