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10th Commandment in 2012



The Ten Commandments, foundation stones of liberty

Why do progressives want to remove the Ten Commandments? Maybe because the 10th Commandment forbids their “need v. greed” utopia. The 10th Commandment is the real issue in the Presidential election campaign. Indeed, the putative President, Barack H. Obama, named the issue without realizing it.

Moses receives the Ten Commandments

Moses lived about 3600 years ago, give or take 45 years. The Jews believe they can find the actual day he received the Ten Commandments. They reckon that this major historical event occurred 50 days after Passover. They call it Shavuot.  This year that falls on May 27th. That is the same day as Pentecost in the New Testament. Most Christians accept Pentecost as the day the church became the church.

For the last 3600 years the Jews have held the Ten Commandments in high regard. So have the Christians for the past 2000 years.  At the time of the founding of this country, the Founders based our rule of law on the ultimate law given to Moses on that historic day.  As a matter of fact, this set of laws is in such high regard that Moses and the Ten Commandments are frequently on display at many courthouses nationwide in one form or another – up to and including The United States Supreme Court.

The 10th Commandment in detail

The Ten Commandments. Why do we ignore the 10th Commandment

The Ten Commandments on display in St. Mary's Church, Childrey, England. Photo: Brian Robert Marshall; CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic License

Many who study the Ten Commandments, whether they be Jew or Gentile, observe that they consist of a vertical plane, which deals with our relationship with God, and a horizontal plane, which deals with our relationship with others.  The 10th Commandment is a prime example of a Commandment that deals with our relationship with others.  It reads:

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. Exodus 20:17, NKJV

Since the word “covet” has disappeared from the modern vernacular, to be clear, this Commandment specifically tells us that what your neighbor has is his/her’s and you are not “entitled” to it.  The 10th Commandment actually is stronger and “Commands” that we shouldn’t even so much as desire (or be jealous) of the possessions of another person.

On this special day of Shavuot, we would be wise to go back to our roots of faith that teach us self-government, which is ultimately more significant than national government. But, alas, many in government manipulate the masses to ensure their power. And in 2012 they have perverted this particular law of self-government. We call them politicians. But they are perverters of the 10th Commandment when they preach in the name of Social Justice.  They certainly make it sound “Christianly”, but it is a promotion of unrivaled greed that celebrates covetousness beyond all measure.   Those who promote Social Justice use words like fairness or level playing field or the current favorite, common good. But it is nothing more than the forcible taking of one man’s possessions to give to another.

Of course, charity is a virtue. But covetousness is not charity and it is not a virtue. Charity is the voluntary giving to someone in need that is prompted by compassion. Social Justice is the involuntary taking of someone’s property and giving it to someone else.  Even Robin Hood would have recoiled in horror from such a perverted ideology.  He robbed from the rich to give money back to the poor whom the rich unjustifiably robbed.

To be fair, this confusion of the Christian principle of charity with the concept of Social Justice lies on the shoulders of the clergy and rabbis of this nation.  They have let the perversion stand.  We can blame our power-crazed politicians for much of this, but the truth is that they couldn’t manipulate the electorate with this concept if the men and women of God understood and delivered the truth.

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RoseAnn Salanitri is a published author and Acquisition Editor for the New Jersey Family Policy Council. She is a community activist who has founded the Sussex County Tea Party in her home state and launched a recall movement against Senator Robert Menendez. RoseAnn is also the founder of Veritas Christian Academy, as well as co-founder of Creation Science Alive, and a national creation science speaker.

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Your post states: “Those who promote Social Justice use words like fairness or level playing field or the current favorite, common good. But it is nothing more than the forcible taking of one man’s possessions to give to another.”

And what does Jesus say we are to do when someone asks us for our coat? How will the wheat be separated from the chaff? By writing blogs accusing the poor of greed? Finding ways to make it holy to hate those that seek to do good?

Matt 25:34
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matt 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

As Keith Green so succinctly put it, the only difference between the sheep and the goats is what they did and didn’t do.


1) Quoting scripture isn’t “speaking for Him” and even if it is, Ms Salanitri did the same in the article.
2) Don’t forget the “Render unto Caesar” comment. Jesus had no problems taking politics. He was a good socialist after all.


All of Finker’s quotes make the point well that the NT Gospels promote an essentially communitarian message, which is unsurprising. Most revealed religions do this, and most cultures with non-revealed religions have similar social mores developed or expressed through other means.

It is only quite recently that dog-eat-dog individualism has emerged as a philosophical justification for and celebration of suffering. For most of human history this conduct was seen as undesirable, and something to be mitigated with the aid of religion – whilst at the same time it’s existence was often explained in religious terms either as punishment by divine powers, or the result of people ignoring divine guidance and plans.

Similar themes to the NT can be found in the OT as well, for example Genesis 41. Indeed not only does this text advocate taxation, but also state welfare-ism, which is – contrary to the belief of the radical right – essentially communitarian in nature.

33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.

34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.

35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

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Egypt as a command economy:
* Andrew Schlafly has previously commented that the power of the Egyptian civilization was based on it’s realisation of the value of private enterprise. He actually pointed to the pyramids as an example of this, due to the construction process not using slave labour.

* Since command economies are, in your ideology, inevitably inferior to free market ones, then why would the Hebrews have fled there? Surely the conditions would be inferior to Mesopotamia which acted as a Herald of Free Enterprise to the world?

Also, Adam Smith did not invent capitalism. He merely sought to describe the capitalist process.


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