Here’s what a Lutheran pastor and theologian wrote about the 10 commandments in the Christian Century:
“Our common misunderstanding of the commandments as a set of burdens overlooks something essential, namely that they are prefaced not by an order: ‘Here are your rules. You better obey them or else.’ But instead by a breathtaking announcement of freedom: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.’ ”
They’re from a God who is madly in love with us – who loves and cares for us in the wilderness of our lives. A God who comes to us, gives us guidance so that we will not lose our way. A God who says to us:
“This is what you were made for. You were made to LIVE in this community of justice, in right relationship with me, Your God.
This is the way you shall love with your whole heart, with all your soul and with all your might. This is the way you will practice my love for the world. This is the way you will remain true to me.”
Of course – God knows, and WE KNOW – we won’t always remain true to God. We will get lost or disoriented in the wilderness and forget whose we are.
Thanks be to God that in Christ – we are FORGIVEN.
And thanks be to God, that God never tires of calling us back home again.
“See” you in worship – you beloved children of God,