I was checking out the COGWA web site tonight just to see how they talk about Jesus, the god they claim to follow. As usual there is not a whole to about Jesus, his miracles and healing of unconverted broken people, no mention of Jesus breaking bread with prostitutes and the outcasts of society, nothing about the parables filled with metaphors about being there for the other, nothing about unconditional grace, nothing about rest in Jesus, not much of anything about Jesus. There was however, LOTS and LOTS of law. Myriads of lists of things you should not and cannot do. Rules and regulations abound. Typical Armstrongite proof-texting abounds, but no Jesus.
The Ten Commandments are some pretty simple rules of life. In fact, Jesus taught that these are laws of love—loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself. They were designed by our Creator to be very basic and easy-to-remember rules that would help us live the right way and enjoy the resulting blessings. But where are we today with regard to the most fundamental of God’s laws?
Here’s a test for you. Can you, right now, list the 10 Commandments? If you can, you’re a rare person!
In a 2007 survey of 1,000 Americans—including churchgoers—80 percent could name “two all-beef patties” as the main ingredients of a Big Mac, but only 60 percent knew “Thou shalt not kill” was one of the 10 Commandments!
Less than half, 45 percent, knew that “honor thy father and mother” was a commandment, but 62 percent knew that a Big Mac has a pickle!
Forty-three percent of those surveyed could recall that Peter and Bobby were characters on the old Brady Bunch TV show, but only 34 percent recalled that “remember the Sabbath” and “do not make false idols” were among the 10 Commandments.
This level of ignorance is amazing and, I must say, immensely disrespectful to God!
Better yet, how about asking a COGWA member to tell you about Jesus, who he was and what he did. The level of ignorance will be amazing, and I must say, immensely disrespectful to God and Jesus.