Ten Commandments have no substitute

Many editorials recently in The Augusta Chronicle have lamented the loss of civility in society and in government at all levels. More than one school system has cheated to make its efforts look better than they are. Mothers abandon or kill their children, seemingly without remorse and often escape penal punishment. The recidivism of convicted prisoners is incredibly high!

There is a common theme to this worsening nightmare that must be faced without flinching: There is no moral standard apart from Judeo-Christian ethics, and all law is based upon ethics.

But with that statement, I divorce tyrannical biblical law from my position. Biblical ethics works through individuals working in society and government. Representative government is consistent with biblical Christianity.

Currently, the Ten Commandments are fought by the American Civil Liberties Union and many atheists. But what they never give us is a standard of their own. What is an alternative to "You shall not steal"? "You shall steal"? To "You shall not commit murder"? "You shall commit murder"? "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"? "You shall cheat or lie whenever you like"?

God has created mankind so neither society nor government can function without the Ten Commandments. They are inescapable to both civil and law-abiding society. So the abandonment of the Ten Commandments is the abandonment of an optimally functioning society.

There is no alternative to the Ten Commandments, in any other religion or belief system. We choose the Bible to govern our social and legal behavior, or we choose a continuing degradation from the founding biblical principles of our nation.

Or perhaps you would prefer communism, socialism, Nazism, totalitarianism or sharia law. We are dangerously close to one of these latter alternatives!

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