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No government can survive without keeping at least the last six of God’s Ten Commandments. God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone (Exodus 20). The first table of stone had the four commandments that deal with our relationship with God. The second table of stone had the last six commandments that deal with our relationship with man.
Nowadays, there is a movement in America demanding that we need to require that people keep the Ten Commandments. But this is not right, even though we believe in keeping the Ten Commandments. The Law of God should not be kept by using civil laws. No Law should dictate who should we worship or how should we worship. The government should never be involved in enforcing with civil penalties the first four commandments. We live in a constitutional republic rather than a theocracy.
But, on the other hand, if a government does not endorse the last six, societies will experience total chaos. If the government does not protect life – don’t kill, if the government does not mandate the protection of property – don’t steal, if the government doesn’t support saying the truth, don’t bear false witness …etc., the society will disintegrate. So the last six Commandments should be upheld by the government. But that’s where we draw the line. A government should not legislate religion. That would go against the constitution and the freedom of religion that our founding fathers fought for.
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