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“We felt all along that the public display of Ten Commandments unites communities,” he said in an interview. “They don’t divide. … The public realizes that communities are better off when we don’t steal, when we don’t lie, when we don’t kill.”

One thing beyond dispute is that when courts are involved there is not unity. The muddle of the Court this past week created less guidance on the matter of how the Ten Commandments should be displayed which in turn gives folks filled with all manner of muddle to spread their particular frenzy to all sorts of places.

Make no mistake about it. This is not an issue about lying, or stealing, or killing. This is an issue about control, pure and simple. It is about power, it is about asserting one over the other. Not on one side of the debate, but both. No one would care about putting monuments like this around if folks weren’t so giddy about taking them out. It’s a brutal cycle of protest, where frenzied souls rise to the defense of their supposed cause, patting each other on the back for doing “good work” and being merrily led to the pit.

There is nothing Christian about erecting monuments to the Ten Commandments. It is an act of public piety, meant to express the power of the preachers involved, meant to highlight their religious fervor and in doing so weaken the real paths of Truth in this world. Post the commandments on your heart, or hand, or forehead. Don’t insist they stand where they will be, by nature, taken in vain. These folks are using the Name of God for their own assertions of power, insisting his Name and Law is watered down for some Civic symbol, treating holy words as tools for their own distractions.

On the other side are those who are so easily offended they cannot bear to see anything which breaks through their glass shell. They insist the Law of the Land protect their sensibilities, which are apparently so shallow and weak as to not merit any form of protection. They cannot bear religion in their heart and so cannot bear it anywhere, the frenzy of their souls strike out against any thought which would disturb their superficial ego, and cry out with pain at the slightest touch upon their soul. They too have a religious zeal, a religious bigotry, whose hypocrisy is no less in pursuing their supposed rights to be shielded from all things that might upset their sentiments.

This has nothing to do with religious or moral statements. This is an issue of frenetic souls who can’t bear to face what is real and true in their lives, and so distract themselves with inconsequentials, finding only more frenzy in the process. Unfortunately, such souls tend to feel the most power when making their confusion spread as wide as possible.

Again, I’d be happy to see the Ten Commandments in every Church, and every home that would honor the first of Ten. Putting a monument in front of Courts and other public places is nothing but folks trying to find their salvation through causes rather than Christ, letting their distractions become their Spirit, and in so doing express to the world a wan Christianity which has little connection with the man on the Cross.

The whole issue is a bother, with neither side in the right, and neither side showing anything more than juvenile expressions of supposed power.

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