Where did the gray come from? Are there gray areas in the Bible? In today’s society we are taught to be politically correct and tolerant, there is no black and white, all is gray. Raising kids in these times is a struggle. The world is far more vocal in their life view than the church. While the world agrees on some black/white issues like murder and stealing, the majority of the 10 commandments are so blurred in the eyes of the world that our children must be guarded with truth at home, church and everywhere in between.
Do you remember learning the 10 commandments at church and getting an award? Again, we need to get back to teaching our children the basics. Yes, the 10 commandments are Old Testament, and we are not saved by laws but, by His grace. But, Jesus taught the Ten Commandments in the way He lived and talked. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18, ” 17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” We live our lives under adherence to these laws by God’s grace. We should teach our children the 10 commandments by the way we live.
Learning and teaching the Ten Commandments is too broad a concept for a single post. I have written a much more expanded section on the Ten Commandments and added it as a ‘tab’ on my menu. Even this is not a full understanding of all the Commandments encompass.
Can you name them?
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Do not worship other gods – what do your children see as your gods?
2. Do not worship idols – what are you teaching your children about worship?
3. Do not misuse God’s name – do your children see your CHRISTian walk, and does it misuse His name?
4. Keep the Sabbath holy – what do your children know about the Sabbath from your life?
5. Honor your father & mother – are your children learning to honor God by your honoring your parents? Do they honor you?
6. Do not murder – are you teaching your children anger and murderous thoughts?
7. Do not commit adultery – will your children understand the sanctity of marriage from what they see in your life today?
8. Do not steal – are you teaching your children to be good stewards of the blessings God has given you?
9. Do not lie – has your child learned about truth and purity from your actions?
10. Do not covet – does your lifestyle and mindset show your children the difference between needs and wants?
The commandments must be taught to your children as patterns for their life and guidance for their attitudes towards others. Do not wait for someone at church to teach them God’s truths. You are their stewards.
Again, I encourage you when you have time to click on the tab above for the Ten Commandments and read further about teaching your children what God says about the Commandments.
*satan – I know people capitalize the “S” but, I don’t. I refuse to give him any status of importance. He’s a snake, so satan, devil, etc. are lower case, as he is one.