By Greg Laurie
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. —Ecclesiastes 12:13
It is my belief that one of the reasons for the great success of the United States of America over our 200-plus years can be found in our origins, the fact that our founding fathers built this country on a belief in Scripture and in the Ten Commandments. To quote James Madison, our fourth president, "We stake the future of this country on our ability to govern ourselves under the principles of the Ten Commandments."
Now that certainly is a far cry from where we are today. But we desperately need the Ten Commandments today, and we desperately need to follow them. We can either accept the truths of these commandments, or we fight against them as a nation and as individuals. And, I might add, we will reap the inevitable results.
As Vance Havner once said, "You cannot break the laws of God. You break yourself against them. You might as well try to attack Gibraltar with a pop gun as to go up against the laws of God. You can jump off a skyscraper, but you do not break the law of gravitation. You break your neck, but not the law of gravitation."
He is right. You cannot break the laws of God, but you will break yourself against them. You can buck against these truths and say, "These don't apply to me, and I will live the way that I want to live." Or, you can see the wisdom God has in giving these commandments to us. It's your choice. You can do it the easy way. Or you can do it the hard way.
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