- “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
- “You shall not murder.”
- “You shall not commit adultery.”
- “You shall not steal.”
- “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
- “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.”
So, how do I let my light shine as a Christian? It takes faith first, but we can’t be Christians without serving. The term “Christian” simply means “little Christs.” Jesus himself stated that he came to Earth to serve, therefore, if I want to be a little Christ, I have to serve. I should want to serve. In my readings of the Bible, I’ve found 12 core commandments God, either himself or through Jesus, spoke directly to us to use as a roadmap for service. These commandments are, like the Bible where they are found, double-edged swords. Obeying them completely serves both God and our fellow man.
The first of these 12 Biblical commandments are probably the easiest six to obey in their literal sense. They are the final six of the Ten Commandments. These six commandments are either the basis of our legal system or are ingrained in our moral fabric. Let’s face it, some of these commands most of us have never broken and the others most of us at least realize when we break them.
Most of us have never murdered. Most of us have probably never stolen, at least something of significance. Most of us have probably never committed adultery, or at least I hope not. Most of us probably feel some sort of conviction when we lie. Most of us probably feel guilty when we are jealous of our neighbors. Most of us probably understand that we should respect loving parents. In the literal sense, we can follow and understand these commandments. When it comes right down to it, most of really don’t want to see any harm come to our fellow humans and disobeying these is likely going to hurt someone emotionally and/or physically.
Where we blow it, though, is in the figurative sense. For example, is it true we have never murdered someone? The Bible says that the physical death is just the first death, and it’s of the body. The death of the soul is the final, and real, death of the person. So, if I am letting people continue leading a life that’s going to add another citizen to the census of hell, am I murdering them? In worldly terms, it’s at least manslaughter! What about when we blur the lines? What kind of message do we send non-believers when we take something from someone else without notice or lust after another person not our spouse? Our behavior can be followed by anyone, even believers, so I have to wonder if anyone will be following me through the pearly gates! Or, are there others going through the firery gates of hell right now wondering where I am?