Reflection – Rev Norman Harrison
Exodus 20:1-3 “And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
We live in the age of the individual, of self-interest, where the post-modern person has become the arbiter of their own choices, and the interpreter of their own ethical positons. The notion that there is a universal moral code, that there are objective truths and commandments by which we must all abide, is out of favour, unpopular or even rejected. In spite of this, the declarations of God, contained in the 10 Commandments, written by His Divine hand upon tablets stone, are none-the-less true.
It is wrong to covet, it is wrong to murder, it is wrong to steal, it is wrong to lie, and it is wrong to worship anyone or anything other than the One true God. It is a challenge to the world we live in when we read Scripture which is emphatic about things that are right and things that are wrong. When we arrogantly take it upon ourselves to set our own moral compass, to write or rewrite our own ethical codes, and reject the universal truth God declares, we set ourselves up as gods of our own lives and masters of our own destiny. In so doing we leave ourselves open to the judgement of God. May the Lord grant us the grace to admit we are not gods, the sense to accept that some things are always right and others wrong, and the wisdom to accept that He, and He alone, is the One true God.