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Is refusing to display the Ten Commandments in courts wrong? Shouldn’t we work for the separation of church and state?

Our once Christian nation hasn’t lost its way because the government seeks separation of church and state or forbidding the government display of the Ten Commandments in courts. America lost its way because people are seeking separation from God. Its not the secular government that’s leading this nation towards moral decay rather its secularized hearts and minds.

Some Americans are concerned about the threat of moral relativism—no moral absolutes—ruining our society. For example, euthanasia, legalizing illicit drugs, homosexual marriage, and abortion are the fruits of people who have turned their backs to God’s Moral law. And by doing away with the Ten Commandments they are actually loosing their standard of morality because they are depending on the carnal mind to decide what is right and what is wrong.

On the other hand, Christians should not use the government to enforce God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Religious faith should not be forced on someone who doesn’t want to live by it. By separating church and state, we are assured that no religious power will have the authority to override the conscience of those who might believe otherwise.  Also, ensuring religious liberty does not mean forbidding expressing our faith; sharing our faith is a Christian duty. Christians should be using their own life example in reflecting the spirit of the Ten Commandments.

Jesus said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–39). And He added, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”  (Matthew 22:40). The Ten Commandments hang from these two commands. Love to God makes keeping the first four commandments (which concern God) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor) a joy.

It should be noted that Christians in America should be more concerned about obeying the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) than making them a mere display on the walls of their courts.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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