1997-12-23 - Thou Shalt Not Steal
Matthew 1:1: The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Have you ever read these genealogies in the Bible? Unless you are a real student of the Old Testament, these New Testament name lists are simply tongue twisters. But they are very important because they tell the history of 3/4 of the Bible. They name names and show the providence of God in the history of His earth, leading towards Christ. For the first time in Philadelphia, (where I live), they have a nativity scene on city property. (This, of course, is now in the courts) But, Wisconsin takes the cake for Political Correctness this year. Every state capitol has a tree lighting during the Christmas season, but Wisconsin tops them all by adding a sign from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. This sign, placed near the capitol Christmas tree, says, “In this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” Carefully worded would be an understatement. I would place the label on them as being somewhat intolerant of faith in higher powers. This, however, becomes a faith in itself. But while on the topic of labels, we should mention the label that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has on the back of their sign. Their sign has been tagged with the label, “Thou shalt not steal”. Now where did the thought, “Thou shalt not steal”, come from? I think it was that book called the Bible. It is interesting that the Freedom From Religion Foundation would have such a “religious” thought placed on their precious sign.
It is hard to live the Christian faith. It is, however, even harder to live any other faith. While it is difficult to follow Truth, it is even more difficult to go against Truth. Life is hard, but life without the presence of Christ is extra hard. As we come in contact with friends and family over the next few days, some who know Christ and some who are missing Christ, let us remember this. Sure, none of our lives are easy, but some of those we care about the most have it even tougher, they have no Jesus to lighten their burden.
“There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.” Robert Lynd, Irish journalist
Soli Deo Gloria,