Theology Thursday: The Ten Commandments, Cowboy Edition

I’m in Westcliff Colorado for a video shoot my pastor is doing for an upcoming sermon series. It is beautiful here. Every time I come to Colorado, I wonder why I don’t live here.

I was walking around in the little downtown area today and saw these cowboy commandments on a restroom wall in a pizza shop.

It reminded me of something I’d heard from author and Christian Apologist Francis Schaeffer, who said a lack of gratitude was the foundation for breaking any of the Ten Commandments.  The bookends of the Ten Commandments are (1) “Don’t have any other gods before me”, and (2) “Don’t covet your neighbors belongings.”

  • Having other gods before God is done out of a thankless and dissatisfied heart in all that God is and has done for me.
  • Coveting things that belong to others is a result of dissatisfaction in what I’ve been given.

Scheaffer claims that any commandment broken is a result of breaking the first and the last ones.  This is why James 2:10 says that failing in one part of the law makes the whole thing collapse.

“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.”


Says Ravi Zacharias, “The reason we have 17,000 pages in our law books is because we cannot follow 10 lines in a tablet made of stone.”

If happiness is what you want, then gratitude is what you need.  If you think you deserve this (**hand high representing a lot**) but you actually get this (**hand low representing not much**) everything in between is stress, bitterness, and ingratitude.

If you know you only deserve this (**hand low representing not much**) and actually get this (**hand high representing a lot**) everything in between in gravy, ice cream on top of the piece of apple pie, and gratitude.

“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

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