A non-negative, inter-faith, deeper look
into the heart of the Big Ten…
- Find the One True Light.
(Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.)
- Reflect the One True Light.
(Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.)
- Embrace the One True Light.
(Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.)
- Set aside some time each week to renew yourself.
(Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.)
- Become who you were meant to be.
(Honor thy Father and thy Mother.)
- Let others become who they were meant to be.
(Thou shalt not kill.)
- Surrender your heart to that one love.
(Thou shalt not commit adultery.)
- Take only what is yours.
(Thou shalt not steal.)
- Speak truth and seek justice.
(Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.)
- Live each day with a spirit of gratitude.
(Thou shalt not covet.)
So why the remix? Well, it seems the venerable old King James version has taken some hits recently for its negativity, non-inclusiveness, and over-simplicity. No offense to His Majesty King Jimbo, but I was thinking maybe we needed to lighten them up a bit. So this is my attempt to:
- Eliminate all the negative words. Yes, all of them. If you find one, let me know.
- Use language that is accessible to a variety of belief systems. Why? Because I want to share my faith, not hoard it. And so that if these happened to show up one day in some Alabama courthouse, maybe no one would have a duck.
- Go beyond the surface to find a deeper meaning. That means you may have to think about some of these to get it. (For example, #6: you can kill what’s inside of a person without killing the outside.)
So here they are. If you don’t like mine or the king’s, try doing your own. After all, what God has written on your heart is much easier to carry around the dance floor of life than two big old stone tablets.
Now, let’s boogie…