As Christians, we need to remember the location of these verses. They are the foundational laws for the nation of Israel.
These ten laws are simple and straightforward. The first four deal with our relationship with God. The fifth deals with our relationship to our parents. And the final five deal with our relationships to society in general.
God didn't give us these laws thinking we could keep them all. He knew better. But He did give them for a standard by which to measure our spiritual growth individually and the health of our society as a whole.
And they have become the foundation of our secular laws -- except, of course, for the first four -- or five -- or six.
Lets see. We forgot the Sabbath and legally did away with the blue laws. We've never had a law about taking the Lord's name in vain - nor about not having idols. And our society seems bent on removing all evidence of God from our daily business.
Then there's number five about honoring our parents. But the government and the schools seem to want to take charge of the children, shouldering parents out of the way as not capable of teaching or training their own children.
Murder, theft and perjury are the only three left on the books. But perjury seems to be fading fast. People lie all the time with impunity.
So what are we to do? We must begin by starting to restore these laws, one at a time, in the order given. When God is on the throne all else must come into line.
Help us to put You on the throne in our lives. Teach us to pray for our country and its leaders so that we may become once more a truly Christian nation.
In Jesus' most precious name.