You shall treat each animal with the love and respect it deserves as a creation of God.
I am constantly astounded by the level of disrespect animals receive from human beings in this world. I consider it a spiritual discipline to care for the animals in my midst; whether it’s a stray dog or cat in my neighborhood, or a squirrel or a snake on the side of the road. That doesn’t mean I plan to take every animal into my home (although, my family might think that’s what I’m trying to do), it means that I will do everything in my power to make sure an animal comes to no harm while it is in my presence.
We have been given the responsibility to care for them and to protect them. Let us support farmers who are dedicated to raising livestock in a kind and humane way. Let us support the businesses that make products that are not tested on animals. Let us make sure our pets are spayed or neutered so that there are no more unwanted dogs or cats suffering from neglect and abandonment. Let us change the way we look at every living creature — not as a nuisance or something to get rid of, but as something God created with as much love and thoughtfulness as He had when he created us.
Rev. Laura Hutchinson, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
For forgiveness in obeying the 10
The Ten Commandments, or the Decalogue, were laws given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The laws were designed to give the newly freed Israelite instructions on how they should worship God and not worship other gods as they had done in Egypt. They were instructed on the right way and the wrong way to treat each other; not only how they treated the person, but also the person’s property. There are two accounts of the laws: Exodus 20-1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-12.
Like the rich young man in Mark 10:17-22, I obeyed all of the commandments as a child. Fifty years later, I can no longer say that I have obeyed all of the commandments. The rich young man told Jesus that he had obeyed the commandments since a child and had tried to do everything right. After asking Jesus what else he needed to do have eternal life; Jesus told him what he must do to be perfect. The young man turned and walked away sad because he did not want to give up his earthly possessions for treasures in heaven.
James Chapter 2:10 teaches that if you keep all of the laws except one you are as guilty as a person who has broken all of the laws. So, my 11th commandment would be: Lord please help me to obey the Ten Commandments.
Alberta McCrory, Gaines Chapel AME Church, Anniston