Minister of Education Reports
The Ten Commandments
Makes Society Civilized
We conclude our series of reports on the Ten Commandments and our quotes from the pen of David C. Gibbs, Jr. with this report. Last week we concluded with the following words from from John Adams, the second President of the United States: "'If thou shalt not covet:' and 'thou shalt not steal,' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be made civilized or made free."
David Gibbs continues, "We can almost run through the alphabet listing the ills of our society: abortion, battery, cheating, divorce, envy, fighting, gambling, homosexuality, intolerance, juvenile delinquency, kidnapping, lying, murder, nastiness, out-rage, pornography, quarreling, rape, stealing, treason, usury, violence, and witchcraft. But our call as Christians is not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. (Ro. 12:21)
Many Christians are choosing to overcome evil with good by calling our country back to its heritage, back to the Creator, back to ruling our actions by following the Ten Commandments…Representative Robert Aderholt has said, 'The Ten Commandments are the basis for probably most of the laws in this country. I believe that we as a culture need to have comfort in the fact that there are some moral absolutes.' Representative Bob Riley reminds us that 'our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are built on the foundations of ethics and morality found in the Ten Commandments.' Advocates for displaying the Ten Commandments on Ohio school grounds say that they 'are an expression of a universal moral code relevant to all humankind regardless of race, creed, culture, or religious orientation.'…
No one pretends that displaying the Ten Commandments will answer all of society's problems. But it seems a step toward reawakening that government of self upon which the Founders said American freedom was dependent. As Pastor Gary Dull of Altoona, Pennsylvania, said: 'Placing the Ten Commandments before the young people would be a positive step that in time would develop solid moral character in the lives of those who determined to live according to what the Decalogue teaches.'"
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