This week the Supreme Court ruled to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Oklahoma capitol building. I have to admit, my initial reaction was anger and frustration until I saw a more full picture of the situation. First, they aren’t just removing the monument and destroying it. According to USA Today, they have relocated it outside the offices of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, which is less than a mile away from the capitol building. Second, Oklahoma’s constitution says, “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such” (Article 2, Section 5).
Now obviously we can disagree that this even exists in Oklahoma’s constitution in the first place, but it’s hard to say the Supreme Court didn’t have grounds to remove the statue. And at least they have put the monument back up a short distance away. What really is upsetting about this story is not that they are relocating the memorial of the Ten Commandments, but this is just one more small push to remove God in America.
Consider the following. The administrators from an elementary school in Massachusetts tried to remove the word “God” from the song, “God Bless the USA.” Vanderbilt University stopped recognizing a Christian student group because the group required the members to have a commitment to Christ. For 75 years a cross set up by veterans stood as a war memorial in the Mojave Desert until it was ruled unconstitutional and taken down. The Pledge of Allegiance is rarely said in schools anymore because it states, “one nation under God.” There are current pushes to remove “in God we trust” from our currency. Prayer is rarely allowed anywhere around schools or at public venues. The list goes on and on and on.
Our country will continue remove God and His laws from the public eye, but a scary truth still remains, we can’t really remove God’s commandments. Sure, a monument can be removed, or the word “God” taken out here or there, but it will not lesson our obligation to obey God’s laws. Whether our country acknowledges them or not, whether our country follows them or not, at the end of time we will be judged by God’s laws. John 12:48 clearly states, “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” This idea is repeated throughout Scripture (Matthew 7:21-27; 1 John 2:17; John 14:15; etc).
We must obey God’s laws. One day “every knee will bow” to Jesus (Philippians 2:10) and we will be judged by His commands (Matthew 25:31ff; 7:21-23; 24:42-51). Let’s make sure we live faithfully to His Word and do what we can to save others.