Murray read his email for the fifth time, scrutinizing every word. It required perfection. He couldn’t have the workers twisting any of it to suit their own agendas. Due to recent behavioral problems with some employees, the CEO asked Murray to come up with a list of top ten rules.

“They need to be kept in line,” he said.

Does he think these rules won’t be broken? Seriously?

Murray’s fingers hovered over the keyboard. Was it complete? Sighing, he clicked send, printed the email, and headed down the steep stairs.

Time to face the grumblers. Let’s hope they obey.

If not, there will be consequences.

Rules were meant to be broken. Is this saying true? Why do we make them only to turn around and break them? Good question. We need some type of boundaries.

Should we break the Ten Commandments? After all, they’re just a set of rules, right?

No, absolutely not. Never.

But do we?

Yes. All the time. Even Christians.

Gasp!

Hear me out.

Obviously, I’m not talking about some commandments—don’t commit murder, steal, commit adultery, etc.

I’m referring to the less subtle ones. Let’s take a look at these commands God gave Moses on top of Mount Sinai. After all, they weren’t just for the Israelites.

You shall have no other gods before me. When we think of gods, what comes to mind? A golden calf? Statue of Buddha? Thor? In my opinion, these “gods” can consist of anything that takes us away from worshiping the one true God. That could be a person, a TV show, video games, socializing, etc. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t horrible things, but if they steal all our time and we forget about God, then aren’t we worshiping them? I think we’ve all broken this commandment before. How about we think about what gods are in our lives and get rid of them?

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Okay, this one gets to me because it’s broken all the time. Oh My God (OMG). Jesus Christ. Okay, I try and not use my blog as a soapbox, but what’s so difficult about the meaning behind this one? I don’t get it. “Oh My God” is taking the Lord’s name in vain! Enough said.

obeyHonor your father and your mother. Oh dear. I broke this one quite a bit when I was little. I sassed my mom too much! Just ask my siblings. 😀 (or, maybe don’t!) Are we thankful for our parents? Do we talk about them behind their backs? Do we disobey or disrespect them? These are all things to think about in keeping this commandment. God included it for a reason—let’s remember that.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. Do we try and keep up with the Joneses of this world? You betcha. That’s part of the reason why there is so much debt today. We have to buy the latest gadgets, fanciest cars, biggest houses…all because our neighbor can’t “one up” us. I believe this speaks about more than material things. Are we jealous of our friend’s gifts, physical appearance, jobs, etc? Let’s admit it. We all have broken this rule at one point or another.

I could go on, but I think we get the picture. We haven’t kept all of the Ten Commandments. Why don’t we take them seriously? They’re from God. Shame on us. How about we search our hearts? I know I’m going to.

After all, these rules were not meant to be broken.

What do you think? Are there other commandments we break? Am I wrong? Sound off in the comments section.

Exodus 19:20 (NIV)

“The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.”

Up to the Mountain (by Patti Griffin)

Love Kree Harrison’s version of this song. I immediately thought of Moses going up to the mountain and had to use this song. Will we go up to the mountain and listen to His voice and obey Him?

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