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Letter to the Editor: Offended by the Ten Commandments?

on March 16, 2017 10:19 AM
Shelocta, PA

There are a few people in America who take offense to displays of the Ten Commandments. They demand that they be taken down from around schools, removed from courthouses or wherever the Ten Commandments are found. Let’s think about this for a moment.

How can someone be offended when they read, “Honor thy father and mother”?

Most every parent I know desires their children to grow into trustworthy, respectful adults. How can this offend?

We all want the best for our children and that begins at home.

My own mother and father were not perfect, but I have so much honor for their willingness to take part in my good upbringing.

Nobody likes being lied to, or about, so there should be no offense taken when you read, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

I find this commandment a great principle especially on the courthouse door. In fact, similar words are used in courthouses: “Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

“Thou shalt not commit adultery” or “Thou shalt not steal,” two more commandments that, if obeyed, would make this nation a better place. The folks who would take offense at these two commandments would not want to experience theft or adultery in their own lives.

To me, it is amazing how those who want the Ten Commandments removed from America want their own commandments to be followed by Americans. If you ever consider the laws of our great nation, you will see a trail of scriptural basis and foundation. This is what has made America great and, if followed, would keep America great.

What of the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”? This is to protect the sanctify of life.

Those who protest the Ten Commandments would not want any family member to be murdered by another, or so I would imagine.

I want to end on this commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” meaning nobody has the right to falsely or unjustly use God’s name. But they use American currency, which bears the phrase “In God we trust.”

In conclusion, those who protest and want to remove the Ten Commandments seem to believe in most of them in my opinion.

If it bothers someone that much, just simply look the other way.


Pastor Nicholas W. Kostella Jr.

Grace Independent Baptist Church, Shelocta

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