Saturday, March 3, 2018

Clergy Corner: Use Ten Commandments as your guide through life

From Rhode Island-

How many of you recognize the Crosby, Stills and Nash song from the 1960s? I thought of it immediately while reading the 10 Commandments from the Book of Exodus.

In the second book of the Torah, Moses, that greatest figure of the Torah, to whom history has credited as the author of the first five books of the bible, is preparing the people of God for life in the real world. He has definitely been on the road and the code to live by is the Ten Commandments — for starters. Our actions speak louder than our words, as all the great prophets have written and lived.

All religious traditions show us that life is full of ways to live together in community. Life is full of challenges to the faith, of obstacles to community rules, of wisdom and discernment about how to follow God’s laws and how to be a model for our children. A very tall order for the people of Israel; a very tall order for the people of first century Palestine; it is our tall order: How do we raise our children in the life of the faith. Or, in the words of Crosby, how do we “teach our children well?”

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