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Are the Commandments Legal?

Are the Commandments Legal?
Twenty-four states have joined a coalition asking the Supreme Court to hear a case from New Mexico in which two Wiccans have claimed that a Ten Commandments monument in front of a city hall is a violation of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled on several similar cases in the last fifteen years, but legal precedent has been unclear and the states are asking for clarification.

Interpretation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment seems to be the source of all the controversy. In a dissenting opinion, Tenth Circuit Appeals Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. said, “The public display of memorials with historical significance should generally not be construed as an ‘establishment of religion,’ even if one of the monuments also happens to be religious in nature.”

As Benjamin Franklin said, “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ‘tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

When questioned regarding the establishment of His kingdom, Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight” (John 18:36). While religious freedom is the hallmark of Christ’s kingdom, His disciples were commissioned to focus their attention on sharing the truth of salvation with the world (Matthew 28:18–20).

The Bible book of Revelation points to the legal enforcement of religion as the work of false religious powers. In the final conflict on earth, the message of warning is: “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14:7). True worship honors God by willing obedience to His requirements, in direct contrast with the false system of worship that forces all the nations to follow her dictates (Revelation 14:8).

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