Tag: Ten Commandments

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I hardly know how to use this material, between reactions of hilarity and despondency. But I thought it might make a nice challenge here. It appears that Black Lives Matter has come down from the mountain and issued 10 new commandents (for white people). I wasn’t aware of this and I’m not sure how “official” […]

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This is to summarize my series of posts on the Ten Commandments.  The point of this exercise was to begin an exploration of the boundaries of orthodox Christianity.  So far we have established that all Christians who consider themselves “orthodox” are in agreement about teachings on the Ten Commandments.  That is a lot of agreement.  […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity.  I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians.  So far we are mostly in agreement.  This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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It’s time for another lesson from Luther’s Small Catechism.  Today we consider the Commandment to honor our parents.  Lutherans number this as the Fourth Commandment.  Here is the Commandment, from Exodus Chapter 20: 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving […]

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In three previous posts I wrote about the Ten Commandments. The first Commandments apply to the relationship we all have with G-d. The second table of the Commandments applies to the relationships we have with each other. This is why you see the Ten Commandments illustrated with three Commandments on one tablet and seven Commandments […]

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What Ever Happened to the Sabbath Here in the United States?

 

imgresPaul Rahe’s lovely account of the Sabbath in Jerusalem, below, got me to wondering: What ever happened to the Sabbath here in this country?

When I was a kid — not all that long ago — we still had enough of a sense of the Christian Sabbath, Sunday, that very few stores were ever open. It would never have so much as occurred to coaches to schedule Little League games, say, for Sunday. On the one occasion I can recall on which I wanted to meet some friends to see a movie (which, in those days, required going to an actual movie theater), I had to get special permission from my father to do so.

That world is gone — all gone. Commerce is just as heavy on Sunday as on Saturday. My kids compete in sports events on Sunday as if it were, again, just a second Saturday. And it’s not just that a sense of the Sabbath has disappeared from the wider culture. I can’t recall ever hearing a priest devote a homily to keeping the Sabbath set apart for prayers and family — for that matter, I can’t recall hearing a priest so much as mention the Sabbath.