When I walked past a restaurant that had a copy of the Ten Commandments on two miniature tablets in its window, it made me think about how so many of today’s behaviors contradict the tenets of Christianity, behaviors that are asocial, sociopathic and psychopathic. And yet, many of the people exhibiting these negative behaviors still claim to be “good Christians” and will thereby go to heaven. They remind me of lyrics of a song my mother liked to sing: “Everybody Talkin’ ‘Bout Heaven Ain’t Goin’ There.” (Negro spiritual, composer unknown) 

 The New Christianity allows people to modify/ignore the Ten Commandments, the “set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship that play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity. ” (Wikipedia) Worshipers of the New Christianity set their own rules and change some of the Commandments to the following:

Commandment   6. Thou shall murder.

Commandment   7. Thou shall commit adultery.

Commandment   8. Thou shall steal.

Commandment   9. Thou shall bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Commandment 10. Thou shall covet thy neighbor’s house; thy neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is thy neighbor’s.

 

The New Christianity also teaches: “Thou shall not love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Of course, we know that there are those who do not love themselves, so that pretty much makes it impossible for them to love others anyway.  However, the New Christianity also seems to teach: “Thou shall hate anyone that looks/appears to be different.” 

 Let us remind ourselves: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke, 1729-97, an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher)

 “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” St. Louis, 1964 (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-68; an American Baptist minister and activist; a leader in the civil rights movement)

 “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave behind.” (the Lakota, a Native American tribe in North and south Dakota; subculture of the Sioux people)

Amen.