The 11th Commandment

Have you read The Ten Commandments at any time in the past 25 years? The last 15 years? How about the last 10 years?

Just in case you have forgotten where you can find them, they are located in the Hebrew Scriptures, Exodus, Chapter 20:1-17.

Lots of fine prose there, reminding us that God is a jealous God, punishing children for the sins of their fathers to the third and fourth generation. (Ouch!) God also admonishes us not to covet our neighbour’s cows or his wife because they are property. Our capitalist economy, which is based on wanting what our neighbour has, would collapse if this commandment was followed!

The Ten Commandments were gathered together about 20 centuries ago.

A lot has changed in the world since then. Perhaps if we had an opportunity to re-write the commandments, we might make significant changes. With that in mind, I asked a number of people to write an 11th Commandment for our 21st Century world.

Here’s what they offered:

  • Make today meaningful for someone
  • Put people before things
  • Thou shalt not bully
  • Thou shalt not war with thy neighbours
  • Find someone you have hurt in the past and ask them to forgive you
  • Make music!
  • Thou shalt not despoil the planet, for the Earth is our mother
  • “Be still and know that I am God.”
  • Know myself
  • Know my neighbour
  • Thou shalt not throw stones (bullying, making judgments, rumours, gossip) that hurt someone else emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually
  • There will be no borders, no countries, no races, no classes or statutes because our God in heaven created this earth as one and all God’s children are equals

Quite a wise bunch of people, don’t you think? Nothing in there about a punishing vain God, but some simple words of wisdom for the living of our daily lives.

I invite you to write an 11th Commandment for your life.

What would you say? Of course, writing an 11th Commandment is the easy part. Now try to live it!

Shalom and blessings, Linda

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