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Christian Parenting, Ten Commandments, and Les Miserables

Christian Parenting, Ten Commandments, and Les Miserables

Written, Not with Ink

*Teaching about the Atonement

keyHave courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
Victor Hugo

Moses and 10 cropJochebed, mother of Moses, gently laid her infant son in a carefully crafted little ark, then watched over the short river journey of her precious cargo until he was safely in the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter.  Even then, in the king’s court, she was there, nursing him and vigilant in his care.

Despite the opposition of those who would have killed him, Moses grew to manhood, delivered his people from bondage, and left to the world the priceless moral code known as the Ten Commandments.  Moses went on to his reward, but opposition to his work continues.

In the New World, about 148 B.C., the prophet Abinadi was put to death by a king, for defending the plan of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

This revered code has been preserved, found today inscribed in stone or metal.  The Ten Commandments have been ridiculed, forbidden, removed from public display.  Yet within the calm eye of stormy hostility, this code remains serene, steadfast, and immovable.

After the children of Israel broke the Ten Commandments and other higher laws, Moses was instructed to create a complex structure of rules and regulations.

Today, many try to replace the Ten Commandments with gargantuan legal documents of government regulation.

Laws of men come and go.  People have been killed or thrown in jail defending the Ten Commandments.  But this moral code persists as a foundation for all civilized societies.  Why?  Because its Author is absolute— the same, yesterday, today, and forever.  The Ten Commandments are moral absolutes.

Those whose behavior is consistent with moral absolutes are guided by what is called “internal government.”  These individuals can successfully govern themselves, but are accountable to a just God.

When internal government breaks down, external government takes over, with rules, regulation, and bureaucracy.  Persons under external government are accountable to men, who may not be just.

In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, a timeless novel about justice and mercy, hero Jean Valjean served in prison for decades because he stole one loaf of bread.  He learned about mercy when a compassionate priest bought his freedom with two valuable silver candle holders. Because of that gracious gift, Valjean lived out his life serving and bringing joy to others.  But Javert, his jailer, refusing to accept the price paid for Jean’s deliverance, became obsessed with re-capturing him.  Failing in his objective, Javert finally ended his own miserable life.  Such is the state of man at the hands of human justice.

In a civilized society, however, justice must be served, or there would be nothing to deter evil and protect the innocent. But much as we may desire to be morally perfect, we all fall short.  What is to be done?

Many today reject moral absolutes because, like Javert, they do not understand the plan of mercy.  A loving Father in heaven knew that his children would fail to keep all the commandments that justice required.  Only His perfect Son could meet the absolute demands of justice and pay the price for His children’s deliverance.

Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards.  The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance.  Like Valjean, our children must forsake evil, or justice will have claims upon them.

If we as parents, like Jochebed, diligently train, nurture, and safeguard the internal government in our children, their souls will remain clean and whole when all around them are falling apart.  Despite the fading ink of human doctrine, our children can remain true to eternal principles, written, not with ink, but in the fleshy tables of their hearts. (2Cor.3:3)

But remember, “It is easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Children prepared with strong internal government will always make honor and virtue their choice; they will triumph over evil, and rejoice.

Dinner Talk

1.  How does the atonement of Christ satisfy both justice and mercy? (See Alma 40-42)

2.  Give examples in the world today of human injustice, in which the Ten Commandments have been perverted and the atonement of Christ is denied.

3. How is the sacrifice of Christ an act of love?

4.  If we do our very best to live high moral standards, but fall short, what must we do to receive the mercy of Christ?

Copyright © 2010 by C.A. Davidson

 

Victor Hugo

Victor_Hugo_by_Étienne_Carjat_1876Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
Victor Hugo

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
Victor Hugo

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo

From Wikipedia

Victor Marie Hugo  26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is considered one of the most well-known French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo’s views changed as the decades passed;[1] he became a passionate supporter of republicanism,[citation needed] and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon.

Victor Hugo’s first mature work of fiction appeared in 1829, and reflected the acute social conscience that would infuse his later work. Le Dernier jour d’un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) would have a profound influence on later writers such as Albert Camus, Charles Dickens, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Claude Gueux, a documentary short story about a real-life murderer who had been executed in France, appeared in 1834, and was later considered by Hugo himself to be a precursor to his great work on social injustice, Les Misérables.

Hugo’s first full-length novel[citation needed] would be the enormously successful Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), which was published in 1831 and quickly translated into other languages across Europe. One of the effects of the novel was to shame the City of Paris into restoring the much-neglected Cathedral of Notre Dame, which was attracting thousands of tourists who had read the popular novel. The book also inspired a renewed appreciation for pre-Renaissance buildings, which thereafter began to be actively preserved.

Hugo began planning a major novel about social misery and injustice as early as the 1830s, but it would take a full 17 years for Les Misérables to be realized and finally published in 1862. Hugo was acutely aware of the quality of the novel and publication of the work went to the highest bidder. The Belgian publishing house Lacroix and Verboeckhoven undertook a marketing campaign unusual for the time, issuing press releases about the work a full six months before the launch. It also initially published only the first part of the novel (“Fantine”), which was launched simultaneously in major cities. Installments of the book sold out within hours, and had enormous impact on French society.

The critical establishment was generally hostile to the novel; Taine found it insincere, Barbey d’Aurevilly complained of its vulgarity, Gustave Flaubert found within it “neither truth nor greatness”, the Goncourts lambasted its artificiality, and Baudelaire – despite giving favorable reviews in newspapers – castigated it in private as “tasteless and inept”. Les Misérables proved popular enough with the masses that the issues it highlighted were soon on the agenda of the National Assembly of France. Today the novel remains his most enduringly popular work. It is popular worldwide, and has been adapted for cinema, television and stage shows.

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U.S. Constitution Series 1: Founding Fathers and Cicero

U.S. Constitution Series 1:

Founding Fathers and Cicero

Cicero was born January 3, 106 B.C.

The Founders’ Basic Principles: 28 Great Ideas that changed the world

keyWorldly philosophies endeavor to blur the distinction between good and evil and eliminate accountability. However, the foundation of Natural Law (the law of the Creator) is the reality of good and evil. The U.S. Constitution was successful in creating a free and prosperous society because its foundation of Natural Law is based on moral accountability to a just God. ~C.A. Davidson

5000leapFrom The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World

By W. Cleon Skousen

1. First Principle: the Genius of Natural Law

(Notes from pp. 37-47)

What is Natural Law?

The Creator’s order of things is called Natural Law.

The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.

Cicero

Cicero cut through the political and philosophical errors of both Plato and Aristotle to discover the touchstone of good laws, sound government, and the long-range formula for happy human relations. (p.37) He was the only Roman political writer who has exercised enduring influence throughout the ages. He studied law in Rome and philosophy in Athens.

Cicero’s compelling honesty led him to conclude that once the reality of the Creator is clearly identified in the mind, the only intelligent approach to government, justice, and human relations is in terms of the laws which the Supreme Creator has already established.

In the Declaration of Independence Jefferson referred to the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

In Natural Law we are dealing with factors of absolute reality.

Since the Biblical God is the author of Natural Law, the first two great commandments indicated by Jesus Christ provide the standard for government and human relations.

Internal and External Government

Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. ~Edmund Burke

1. The first great commandment is to love and honor God (the God of Israel).  The simplest way to honor God is to abide by the Ten Commandments. These provide moral absolutes, which if obeyed, build in us a strong internal government, or good moral character.

2. The second great commandment is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” This commandment is based on love. When we serve our fellow man, we are serving God. Jesus taught that we should treat others as we would like to be treated. If we have strong internal government, (we discipline ourselves and do no harm to others, by our own choice), then there is little need for much external government, which forces people to obey the rules of civilization.  Internal government is based on love of God, ourselves, and our neighbors. External force is not based on love.

Legislation in Violation of God’s Natural Law is a Scourge to Humanity

All Law Should Be Measured against God’s Law

ciceroCicero set forth the means by which people may discern between good and evil laws. All laws must be measured by God’s Law, which he described as follows:

Therefore Law [of the Creator] is the distinction between things just and unjust, made in agreement with that primal and most ancient of all things, Nature; and in conformity to Nature’s standard are framed those human laws which inflict punishment upon the wicked and protect the good. (Dr. William Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers, p. 135)

It was clear to Cicero as he came toward the close of his life that men must eliminate the depravity that had lodged itself in society. He felt they must return to the high road of Natural Law. They must pledge obedience to the mandates of a loving and concerned Creator. (Skousen, pp. 45-46)

The Following are Examples of concepts based on Natural Law

  • Unalienable rights
  • Unalienable duties
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Limited government
  • Separation of powers
  • Checks and balances to correct abuses by peaceful means
  • Right of contract
  • Laws protecting the family and the institution of marriage
  • Justice by reparation or paying for damages
  • Right to bear arms
  • No taxation without representation

Principle # 2:  Moral and Virtuous Leaders

Parents as Teachers: Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Parents as Teachers:

Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Written, Not with Ink

C.A. Davidson

keyoldAnd we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26 )

 

Moses and 10 cropJochebed, mother of Moses, gently laid her infant son in a carefully crafted little ark, then watched over the short river journey of her precious cargo until he was safely in the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter. Even then, in the king’s court, she was there, nursing him and vigilant in his care.

Despite the opposition of those who would have killed him, Moses grew to manhood, delivered his people from bondage, and left to the world the priceless moral code known as the Ten Commandments. Moses went on to his reward, but opposition to his work continues.

In the New World, about 148 B.C., the prophet Abinadi was put to death by a king, for defending the plan of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

This revered code has been preserved, found today inscribed in stone or metal. The Ten Commandments have been ridiculed, forbidden, removed from public display. Yet within the calm eye of stormy hostility, this code remains serene, steadfast, and immovable.

After the children of Israel broke the Ten Commandments and other higher laws, Moses was instructed to create a complex structure of rules and regulations.

Today, many try to replace the Ten Commandments with gargantuan legal documents of government regulation.

10commandmentsLaws of men come and go. People have been killed or thrown in jail defending the Ten Commandments. But this moral code persists as a foundation for all civilized societies. Why? Because its Author is absolute— the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Ten Commandments are moral absolutes.

Those whose behavior is consistent with moral absolutes are guided by what is called “internal government.” These individuals can successfully govern themselves, but are accountable to a just God.

When internal government breaks down, external government takes over, with rules, regulation, and bureaucracy. Persons under external government are accountable to men, who may not be just.

lesmisbookIn Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, a timeless novel about justice and mercy, hero Jean Valjean served in prison for decades because he stole one loaf of bread. He learned about mercy when a compassionate priest bought his freedom with two valuable silver candle holders. Because of that gracious gift, Valjean lived out his life serving and bringing joy to others. But Javert, his jailer, refusing to accept the price paid for Jean’s deliverance, became obsessed with re-capturing him. Failing in his objective, Javert finally ended his own miserable life. Such is the state of man at the hands of human justice.

In a civilized society, however, justice must be served, or there would be nothing to deter evil and protect the innocent. But much as we may desire to be morally perfect, we all fall short. What is to be done?

Many today reject moral absolutes because, like Javert, they do not understand the plan of mercy. A loving Father in heaven knew that his children would fail to keep all the commandments that justice required. Only His perfect Son could meet the absolute demands of justice and pay the price for His children’s deliverance.

Gethsemane2Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards. The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance. Like Valjean, our children must forsake evil, or justice will have claims upon them.

If we as parents, like Jochebed, diligently train, nurture, and safeguard the internal government in our children, their souls will remain clean and whole when all around them are falling apart. Despite the fading ink of human doctrine, our children can remain true to eternal principles, written, not with ink, but in the fleshy tables of their hearts. (2Cor.3:3)

But remember, “It is easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Children prepared with strong internal government will always make honor and virtue their choice; they will triumph over evil, and rejoice.

 

Dinner Topics for Tuesday

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  1. Give examples in the world today of human injustice, in which the Ten Commandments have been perverted and the atonement of Christ is denied.
  2. If we do our very best to live high moral standards, but fall short, what must we do to receive the mercy of Christ?

 

Copyright © 2010 by Christine A. Davidson

 

True to the Faith

By Evan Stephens

 

truth1Shall the youth of Zion falter in defending truth and right?

While the enemy assaileth, shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!

While we know the powers of darkness seek to thwart the work of God,

Shall the children of the promise cease to grasp the iron rod? No!

 

We will work out our salvation; we will cleave unto the truth;

We will watch and pray and labor with the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!

We will strive to be found worthy of the kingdom of our Lord,

With the faithful ones redeemed who have loved and kept his word. Yes!

 

ShieldresizeTrue to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.

 

 

Christian Standards for Children and Youth

 

holyspiritI will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.

I will listen to the Holy Spirit.

I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake.

I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself.

I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.

girlmodesty_largeI will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

I will honor my parents and do my part to strengthen my family.

I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.

I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.

familyprayerI will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will seek good friends and treat others kindly.

I will do my part to strengthen my family.

 

Culture Wars, Ten Commandments and Western Civilization

Culture Wars:

The Ten Commandments protect Western Civilization

We Believe in Keeping the Ten Commandments

keyThey are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.”1 ~Thomas S. Monson

Moses and 10 cropThe Ten Commandments are found in the Old Testament (see Exodus 20:1–17), but Latter-day Saints know that those commandments apply in all ages, not just in Old Testament times. Abinadi taught the Ten Commandments in the Book of Mormon (see Mosiah 12:33–36; 13:13–24), and the Lord revealed them again to the Prophet Joseph Smith for our day (see D&C 42:18–29; 59:5–13).

Although people in many societies today disregard these commandments, we believe they are still in effect. President Thomas S. Monson explained:

“Behaviors which once were considered inappropriate and immoral are now not only tolerated but also viewed by ever so many as acceptable. …

“Although the world has changed, the laws of God remain constant. They have not changed; they will not change. The Ten Commandments are just that—commandments.

They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.”1

We do not speak ill of others for not following the commandments. Rather, we look at our own lives and determine how well we live by the divine instruction we’ve been given.

The Ten Commandments represent basic standards of behavior that can be divided into two groups: how we treat God and how we treat others.

Because of God’s continued revelations to His prophets, we have learned more about what He expects of us, but the Ten Commandments remain a good place to start in our quest to be obedient. “[God’s] commandments are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him.”2

“Which is the great commandment in the law?” See the Savior’s response in Matthew 22:37–40.

Here are some examples of living the commandments today:

golden-calfTo help us keep God at the center of our lives, He commands us to worship no other gods, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to avoid blasphemy and idolatry.

 

  • “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). While most people are not tempted today to worship a golden calf, we should not worship “idols” such as prestige or material possessions (see 2 Nephi 9:30)

 

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  • “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8). Keeping the Sabbath day holy can help us learn to have an eye “single to [God’s] glory” (D&C 88:67).

To help us love God’s children, He commands us to honor our parents and to not steal, kill, lie, covet, or commit adultery.

 

  • “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12). This can include honoring our ancestors, our parents, and our heavenly parents.
  • “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Having pure thoughts helps us keep this commandment (see D&C 42:23).

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“Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:17). Coveting leads to, among other things, dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

“Thou shalt not covet” is the 10th commandment, but in some ways it is one of the most important, because coveting can lead to lying, stealing, and even murder. ~C.A. Davidson

Commandments Are for Our Happiness

“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. …

quote-contentment“Our Heavenly Father loves us enough to say: Thou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; and so on. We know the commandments. He understands that when we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated.”

President Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 83.

Defining Moment: Biblical Worldview vs. Political Correctness

Defining Moment: Biblical Worldview

First, Political Correctness is what the Biblical Worldview is NOT.

procrustesbedLike Procrustes, the legendary Greek robber who would stretch or cut off the legs of his prisoners to make them fit his bed, tyrants must stretch or cut out the TRUTH to fit the confines of their ideology.

 

The Origins of Political Correctness

 

William Lind

All ideologies are totalitarian because the essence of an ideology … is to take some philosophy and say on the basis of this philosophy certain things must be true—[for example,] such as the whole of the history of our culture is the history of the oppression of women.

Since reality contradicts that, reality must be forbidden.

PC-TruthIt must become forbidden to acknowledge the reality of our history. People must be forced to live a lie, and since people are naturally reluctant to live a lie, they naturally use their ears and eyes to look out and say, “Wait a minute. This isn’t true. I can see it isn’t true,” the power of the state must be put behind the demand to live a lie. That is why ideology invariably creates a totalitarian state.

 

The person who originated political correctness was Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist leader with the dreadful distinction of having caused more deaths than any person in human history—50 to 70 million, more than Stalin and Hitler combined.

Mao wrote down his rules for thought control in what was known as the “Little Red Book”.

 

biblical-worldview2-christianThe Biblical Worldview

Contrast Mao’s book, reportedly the second most widely printed book in history, with the Bible—the most widely printed and read book in history. Both books point to a “correct way” of thinking, speaking, believing, and behaving. But unlike Marxism and other bizarre ideologies that must be superimposed on us from the outside and thereby violate our minds and souls, the Bible’s fundamental principles do not conflict with conscience and human nature. ~David Kupelian

 

The Biblical Worldview is summed up in the terse, absolute, and unequivocal truth of the Ten Commandments, given to Moses many centuries ago, and still true and right today.

 

Moses and 10 cropThe Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet.

 

Tyrants cannot tolerate the first commandment, because they must play god themselves.

The Tenth Commandment against Envy

churchill-on-socialismThe tenth commandment at first glance seems to be the last and least of the ten, because it describes a thought, not an action. However, thought precedes action, does it not? And what kinds of actions does envy lead to?

Envy is the cornerstone of the socialist, fascist or communist philosophy. Winston Churchill described socialism as the “gospel of envy.”

 

 

People and nations who abide by the Ten Commandments enjoy more peace, happiness, and liberty than do any others. Yes, the Judeo-Christian culture happy-people-bibleis the best of all cultures, because of these aforementioned fruits. This is an unchangeable truth that tyrants cannot tolerate.

Thus we see that tyrants employ “Political Correctness”. They do not hesitate to lie, steal, and kill in order to enforce their “gospel of envy,” and to stamp out the truth that threatens their regime.

Culture Wars: Liberalism vs. the Ten Commandments

Culture Wars:

Liberalism vs. the Ten Commandments

Trashing the Law

How the left revels in violating the Ten Commandments

keyIs it any wonder a society rooted in Judeo-Christian values produces more clear-thinking, moral, competent people than a society based on Marxism, which breeds dependence, envy, blame, theft, sloth, immorality and violence?

By David Kupelian

hypocrisyOne of the supreme ironies in understanding what we call “the left” is that, while self-righteously posing as protectors of women, gays, blacks, immigrants, the poor and other societal “victims”—and simultaneously demonizing conservatives, Christians and Republicans as hateful, greedy, anti-science, bigoted gun-nuts—in reality the political and cultural left is the cause of most of the misery, suffering and injustice it claims to oppose.

[I]f we care to delve just a little deeper into the subject, we’ll see that the left’s “fundamental transformation of America” couldn’t possibly have any other effect on America than to corrupt, deceive and break countless human beings. That is simply because the radical left—we’re talking about the worldview, motivations and policies of people like President Barack Obama—cannot operate, indeed cannot even exist, without violating virtually all of the Ten Commandments.

churchill-on-socialismThe great British leader Winston Churchill (whose bust was ejected from the White House immediately after Obama took office in 2009) described socialism as “the gospel of envy.” This short but magnificent phrase encapsulates two truths: one, socialism is like a religion to its adherents, and two, it appeals to and institutionalizes the lowest part of human nature—envy. In thus glorifying and ennobling covetousness, socialism profoundly violates the 10th Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet.

What about “Thou shalt not steal” (the 8th Commandment)? What is “wealth redistribution” but a pompous euphemism for stealing from one person and giving to another? Socialism literally ceases to exist if it cannot forcibly take your stuff and “redistribute” it.

 

obama-hypocrisyHow about the 6th Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” (or “Thou shalt not commit murder”)? Putting aside the 100 million to 200 million people killed during the 20th century as a result of the imposition of the far left’s insane utopian system, just look at today’s America. over 3,000 beautiful unborn babies are killed in their mother’s womb every single day—the same number that died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The left, largely having abandoned the fundamental sacredness of human life once cherished by Judeo-Christian America, has become hauntingly comfortable with this sanitized slaughter.

The 7th Commandment is “Thou shalt not commit adultery, and were it widely observed, the ever-metastasizing sexual revolution, brought to us entirely by the left, would disappear. And the Pandora’s Box of morality-related problems unleashed by normalizing and glorifying extra-marital sex—including over a million abortions per year, astronomical levels of out-of-wedlock births and a corresponding epidemic of fatherlessness, a staggering 110 million Americans with sexually transmitted diseases, today’s wild sexual anarchy in all its forms including the ever-expanding LGBT movement and the outrageous redefinition of marriage by the Supreme Court—would all cease to exist.

The left and its political fortress, the Democratic Party, constantly violate the 9th Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” The left relies on demonizing, vilifying—and increasingly, suing and prosecuting—conservatives, Christians and others who oppose it.

  • Expose Planned Parenthood’s outright evil practices of aborting children and then maximizing the resale value of the babies’ body parts and you get prosecuted.
  • Form a conservative organization with traditional values and gt targeted by the IRS.
  • Decline to participate in a homosexual wedding and get sued, jailed or lose your business.
  • President Obama never ceases to “bear false witness” against the Republican-led Congress, portraying them and their supporters as irresponsible people with perverse ulterior motives—in other words, exactly what he is.
  • Or Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail complains that Republicans lie constantly. (It’s called “projection”—literally accusing others of the evil you do.)

What about the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”? Marxism is inherently atheistic because utopian government is a jealous god that countenances worship of no other.

Likewise, the long-time far-left ambition (particularly obvious in the radical feminist movement) of breaking up the nuclear family is at war with the 5th Commandment, “Honor thy father and mother.”

There’s a good reason Judeo-Christian principles, crystallized in the Ten Commandments, have been singularly successful in the laboratory of world history: They encourage the good side of human nature and restrain the bad, whereas Marxism-socialism and the rest of the cultural left agenda are based on elevating and glorifying everything ignoble about human nature.

judeo-christian2-10-commandmentsSo, whereas the Ten Commandments say don’t kill, steal, commit adultery, lie, covet and so on, people’s own conscience, a little bit of divine understanding tucked into each person by the Creator, communicates exactly the same thing—that killing, stealing, committing adultery, lying and coveting are wrong.

Unlike Marxist political correctness, whether promulgated by the tyrant Mao Zedong in China or by leftwing activists in the United States, the Bible does not create some alien new moral code that makes no sense and forces people into conflict with their true nature. To the contrary, it beckons everyone to embrace an inborn standard already residing with them, which they know deep down to be right. There is no conflict between the two.

Is it any wonder a society rooted in Judeo-Christian values produces more clear-thinking, moral, competent people than a society based on Marxism, which breeds dependence, envy, blame, theft, sloth, immorality and violence?

Biblical Worldview on School Shooting: Return to Ten Commandments

Biblical Worldview on School Shooting: Return to Ten Commandments

Oregon aftermath: America needs God

keyLook, any society that would allow for the harvesting of the body parts of aborted babies has such a disregard for life that that devaluing of life seeps into every part of society and every citizen of society – including this deranged gunman. I think this is evidence of a larger problem – and that is the failure to see all life as sacred.~ Dr. Robert Jeffress

Chad Groening, Charlie Butts, AFA news

Thursday’s massacre of students at an Oregon community college has drawn comments from some noted Christians, one of whom sees “obvious hypocrisy” in President Obama’s reaction to the tragedy.

Authorities investigating the deadly mass shooting at Umpqua Community College say they have found a number of firearms at the gunman’s apartment. Police say the shooter singled out Christians during his rampage, one report saying he shot those individuals in the head, but shot others of a different or no faith in the legs.

Meanwhile, social media profiles linked to the shooter who killed nine people before he himself died suggest he was fascinated by the IRA, was frustrated by traditional organized religion, and had tracked other mass shootings.

abortion3-pro-lifeDr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church-Dallas see the tragedy as “evidence of the fact that we live in a culture that devalues life.”

“Look, any society that would allow for the harvesting of the body parts of aborted babies has such a disregard for life that that devaluing of life seeps into every part of society and every citizen of society – including this deranged gunman,” he tells OneNewsNow. “I think this is evidence of a larger problem – and that is the failure to see all life as sacred.”

The pastor says secularists deserve part of the blame because of the decades-old effort to remove God and biblical principles from the public arena. He also points out what he sees as “the obvious hypocrisy” coming from the White House.

“Had those victims been Muslims, I will guarantee you President Obama would have been lecturing us on the culture of hatred toward Muslims,” says Pastor Jeffress. “But when it comes to Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East or in Oregon, there is a deafening silence from the Oval Office.”

10commandmentsGary Bauer, founder of the Campaign for Working Families, concurs: “If, God forbid, that had been happening, it would have been a major part of Obama’s remarks – and today everybody from Ben Carson to anyone else who has been warning about the dangers of radical Islam would be getting blamed for the shootings in Oregon.”

The spiritual take-away: Return to Ten Commandments

Author and evangelist Alex McFarland says there is a spiritual lesson to be learned: that America needs God.

“All people, as we know, need a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ,” he begins, “but our nation needs to reacquaint itself with the God of our founders and with the Ten Commandments. Commandment #6 says Thou shalt not murder.”

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

This is about Good and Evil

As to Obama’s comments calling for stricter gun-control measures?

“This is about good and evil and has nothing to do with gun control, McFarland adds in a press release. “This killer would have chosen any means to carry out his motive. The point is, without the God of the Bible, there is no hope. With Christ, we have everything we will ever need – hope, purpose, a clear compass of right and wrong.”

McFarland calls the situation dire and says it’s essential that Christians begin in earnest the process of presenting Christ to the nation.

Name the hero, not the shooter

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a news conference he wasn’t going to say the shooter’s name because that’s what the shooter would have wanted. Bauer agrees with the sheriff.

“I urge the media to not repeatedly broadcast the name of the shooter because there’s some evidence that’s what he wanted,” Bauer shares. “But instead broadcast the name of the young American veteran who ran directly at the shooter and was shot, according to some reports, seven times trying to take him down and miraculously appears to have survived his injuries.”

The hero in question is Army vet Chris Mintz, 30, who is reportedly in serious condition after being shot in the back, abdomen, and hands.

American Culture and Ten Commandments

Dinner Topics for Monday

keyThe Tenth Commandment is: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife …nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. This may be the tenth commandment, but it definitely is not an afterthought. Isn’t this at the root of socialism, liberalism, and all the legalized plunder that we are subjected to, not to mention the motive of so much of the crime in our society today? ~C.A. Davidson

  • Moses and 10 crop“The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.” – John Adams
  • “If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai … but he has never improved on God’s law.” – Cecil B. DeMille (maker of movie, Ten Commandments)
  • “I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments and are taught what they mean, they will predictably engage in less crime.” – Gary Bauer

Contact WND to help support the campaign to post the Ten Commandments throughout America.

Long Beach, Calif., apparently likes to fix things.

The city’s website features news about how it has worked on its water quality, and now 90 percent of its beaches have gotten top marks from “Heal the Bay,” and it is working to get homeless veterans off the streets.

It also is working to streamline government, so that redundancies are reduced, wait times are cut and so are fees.

And it is publicizing National Preparedness Month so that people are ready, should an emergency occur. Further, a training session is being offered for residents who want an extra level of expertise to help neighbors and others if a major disaster hits.

Now it also is the scene of an effort to restore the nation to a standard of Judeo-Christian morality that the Founders envisioned – through a billboard of the Ten Commandments.

It’s part of a nationwide effort to re-introduce Americans to the Ten Commandments and awaken both believers and non-believers to the evil that abounds in America.

The Ten Commandments appear under the headline “Thus Saith the Lord.”

The effort was launched by Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com and WND Books, to place the Ten Commandments in front of more American eyes than ever before.

The message has been under attack from “civil rights” organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union for years, which removed them from schools, public buildings and even some churches.

A new billboard has appeared at 4434 Blanding Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla., with a message that’s thousands of years old.

But it’s also as new as the still-wet ink on a sign.

It’s the Ten Commandments and appears under the headline “Thus Saith the Lord,” as a part of a nationwide effort to re-introduce Americans to the Ten Commandments, and awaken both believers and non-believers to the evil that abounds in America.

Previously the billboards have appeared in Nashville and Las Vegas.

The effort has been assembled by Joseph Farah, Founder and CEO of WND.com, and WND Books, and is intended to place the Ten Commandments in front of more American eyes than ever before.

Under attack from “civil rights” organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union for years, and removed from schools, public buildings and even some churches, the message on the tablets handed to Moses seemed to be fading.

But not quite yet.

Farah pointed to a recent loss by the ACLU in an effort to remove the Ten Commandments from a courthouse in Dixie County, Fla.

Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice M. Paul dismissed the case when an anonymous North Carolina man who complained about the message didn’t move to the county. Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet said, “We went from an order that ‘the monument goes and you have to pay $130,000 to the ACLU,’ to ‘the monument stays, and the ACLU has to pay a total of $3,600.'”

The five-foot-tall 12,000-pound monument was erected at the top of the courthouse steps in 2006 after Joe Anderson Jr., chairman and founder of Lake City-based road builder Anderson Columbia, purchased it for $20,000. He has not only funded several other Ten Commandments monuments in Florida, but also a “revival” mobile display. It’s parked somewhere until legal threats arise, and then it takes off down the road.

See a Nashville sign:

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Las Vegas.

Farah is erecting Ten Commandments billboards all over the country, and he said with the help of donations, hundreds of billboards can be placed.

“The purpose is to remind the public of the moral law to which all people are accountable whether they like it or not – even the ACLU,” said Farah. “America needs a set of social common denominators if we are to remain a self-governing society. No such document has ever been produced by the hand of man. For 3,000 years, empires have come and gone based on their adherence to the Ten Commandments. Millions of people have perished or been brought to salvation by God’s teachings about right and wrong. That’s what this campaign is all about – and I pray Americans will respond in partnership with me in dramatic style.”

You can support the Ten Commandments Billboard Campaign by with your financial donations in any amount or in helping to sponsor outdoor advertising in your own community.

You can donate to the campaign online at the WND Superstore or write checks to WND with a notation “Ten Commandments campaign.” Checks can be sent to WND.com Inc., 2020 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Suite 351, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Las Vegas

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“If you’re concerned about the future of America, heed God’s word in II Chronicles 7:14,” says Farah: “It says, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ But if we don’t understand our sin, which is defined by the Ten Commandments, how can we turn from our wicked ways? And how will God hear us? And how will He heal our land?”

Contact WND to help support the campaign to post the Ten Commandments throughout America.

WND believes the Ten Commandments are the glue that hold society together. If they are forgotten or dismissed or ignored, America will cease forever from being a self-governing nation, as our Founding Fathers intended.

Listen to what others have said and written about the Ten Commandments:

  • “The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.” – John Adams
  • “If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “We might come closer to balancing the budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue.” – Christopher Hitchens (noted atheist)
  • “The Ten Commandments are the divinely revealed law.” – Roy Moore
  • “Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance.” – Phyllis Schlafly
  • “Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai … but he has never improved on God’s law.” – Cecil B. DeMille
  • “I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments and are taught what they mean, they will predictably engage in less crime.” – Gary Bauer