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"and showing loving kindness
unto thousands of them that love me and
commandments." Exodus 20:6)
James Madison, the
fourth president of the United States, once said: "We
have staked the whole future of American civilization not
upon the power of government... (but) upon the capacity of
each ... of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten
Commandments of God."
I like that! God gave the
Ten Commandments to Israel while they
were encamped near
Mt. Sinai. God promised the Israelites (and us), He
show love for those who love Him and keep His
We Americans, especially our government
leaders, would do well to memorize and abide by the Ten
Today, write down the Ten
Commandments. They're found in Exodus 20. Post
them prominently. And learn them! Then pray for our nation,
especially our leaders, to know and abide by them.
future is at stake!
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Posted: September 24, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
If you are nostalgic for the
days when the Ten Commandments were
posted in public
buildings, you might want to consider visiting the
Band of the Cherokee Indians.
The tribal council is
making plans to mount a copy of the Ten
the council house where government meetings are held, and
possibly display them throughout other public buildings in
The idea was introduced by Councilwoman
Angela Kephart last month. She said the tribe should display
the Ten Commandments out of respect and devotion to God. The
motion passed unanimously.
"We aren't saying you
have to abide by the Ten Commandments," Kephart said,
according to the Smoky Mountain News. "We are simply
displaying God's Ten Commandments. That's what He expects
from each and every individual. If you break that, it is
between you and God. It is not between you and the tribal
council; it is between you and God."
There is no
First Amendment issue involved, and even if the American
Civil Liberties Union wanted to make one, it can't. The U.S.
Constitution does not apply to Cherokee, nor to any other
Native American tribe for that matter, according to
Cherokee's Attorney General David Nash.
"We are a
sovereign nation and we can pretty much post anything we want
in our council chambers," said Kephart. "For once
the federal government is not going to tell us what to do. We
can feel good about it because we are standing up for God.
The more it becomes controversial, the more we need to stand
Kephart was clear about her desire to
"God has blessed our
tribe," she said. "We have a very rich tribe, per
se. We are operating on over a $200 million budget thanks to
our gaming enterprise."
Posting the Ten
Commandments doesn't prevent others from practicing their
religion, explained Nash.
"Anybody can practice
any religion they want to practice," Nash said.
The 10 Commandments
"And God spoke all these words,
saying: 'I am the LORD your God…
First - "You
shall have no other gods before Me."
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any
likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in
the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
Third - "You
shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain."
Forth - "Remember
the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
FIfth - "Honor
your father and your mother."
Sixth - "You
shall not murder."
Seventh - "You
shall not commit adultery."
Eighth - "You
shall not steal."
Ninth - "You
shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
Tenth - "You
shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet
your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female
servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is
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