|It's all Hebrew to me|
BALTIMORE, Md. - A Maryland humanist who had filed a federal lawsuit in seeking the removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside of a county courthouse has now dropped his legal challenge...
“Plaintiff believes that the monument represents only one particular religious point of view and therefore sends a message of exclusion to those who do not adhere to that particular religion (Christianity), in violation of the U.S. Constitution,” the lawsuit read. “Plaintiff does not want to have exposure to the monument on government property in the future.”That little (Christianity) in there cracks me up, because if the Ten Commandments are representative of any religion, it's Judaism. There is no St. Moses.* So if Mr. Humanist really does think the monument only recognizes "one particular religious point of view" and that point of view is (Christianity) then he's too ignorant to be consulted on what is Constitutional and what is not.
That said, I'll confess that I do not care a whit if he had won his case. Yes, I realize that there are certain Christians who find public monuments to the Ten Commandments a hill worth dying upon. I also realize that there are Christians who do their very best to keep the commandments in their personal lives**. I'm just not among them. I even work on Saturday sometimes. Why is that? Because I'm not under that law.
Of course, saying such things gets one into all kinds of problematic places with various Christians. "You're saying you can murder someone," "You're saying that you can cheat on your spouse," "When God gives a commandment, it's our job to obey it."
Really? How's your whore wife?
"Dude, wtf? I'll cut you in violation of Matthew 5:22..."
Seriously, God commanded in Hosea 1: 2, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. Since you obey everything God says, your wife must be a whore.
"But that commandment was only for Hosea," comes the inevitable response. "And just like I don't have to build an ark like Noah, nor sacrifice my son like Abraham, I don't have to marry a whore."
That's exactly right. And I don't have to have any part of the Ministry of Death:
But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?
-- 2Cor 3:7-8
What was written in letters engraved on stones? The ceremonial law? Nope. The dietary laws? Nope. The Lord's appointed calendar of feasts and celebrations? Nope. Only the Ten Commandments were written in stone. The Ten Commandments are the Ministry of Death, they are the law that kills (2Cor 3:6). And I need have nothing to do with them.
Does it mean that the Ten Commandments are bad? No. Does it mean they are wrong? Not at all. No one will go wrong keeping the Ten Commandments any more than one will go wrong circumcising his sons or making a boat.*** But realize that just as circumcision was given for a former covenant to a different people, so the Ten Commandments were given in a former covenant to a different people.
The Old Testament is just that. It can serve as an example and warning (1Cor 10:11), it can give insight into our wonderful Savior. It can tell us about the God whose glory the stars themselves declare. It can even inform our morality, so long as we are careful and so long as we realize the limitations of our own subjectivity. But it is not my testament, not my covenant, not my contract, and I feel no compulsion to defend monuments to what has been replaced by something immeasurably better.
* Well, actually there is, but he's not who we thought he was.
** Seventh Day Adventists and Seventh Day Baptists come immediately to mind. There are a number of little 'halfway' sects that do as well. If you've ever seen a non-Jewish guy talking about Yeshua ha Mashiach, you know who I mean.
*** I'd be careful about sacrificing my son, however.