New Ten Commandments

Rembrandt, 1659

Ten Commandments for the 21st Century

  1. Treat others as you would have them treat you.
  2. Take responsibility for your actions.
  3. Do not kill.
  4. Be honest.
  5. Do not steal.
  6. Protect and nurture children.
  7. Protect the environment.
  8. Look after the vulnerable.
  9. Never be violent.
  10. Protect your family.

Based on a poll by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and shared by Peter K. Stevenson & Stephen I. Wright in Preaching the Atonement (Westminster John Knox).

What commandments would you think God would give us today?

2 thoughts on “New Ten Commandments

  1. Sigh. As a recovering Roman Catholic, I am still struggling with the change in the language of the Act of Contrition – and that took place a couple of decades ago. I get that language is evolutionary, but the meaning of words should be a constant. We water down so many things, but did the commands God gave us really need to be one of them? If the next watering down is based on this new text and not the original, how much more change will it bring? Will we rationalize ourselves into a theological black hole and end up in the opposite universe? HHHmmmm, let’s take a peek…

    1. Love God and if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.
    2. Take responsibility for your actions if you get caught.
    3. Do not get caught killing.
    4. Be honest unless it will harm you or others.
    5. Do not get caught stealing.
    6. Be thorough in childcare provider background checks.
    7. Do not get caught littering.
    8. Befriend the needy, they often have more money than you would think.
    9. Do not get violent, while the camera is rolling.
    10. Protect your family if you have time.

    Stay tuned, next week I think I will attempt to create a new version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.


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