Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13
The sixth commandment is actually the shortest commandment. It is one that should be easy to keep, yet it is broken daily in America and is very controversial.
There is much debate over what this simple commandment actually means.
Many people believe the sixth commandment doesn’t apply to the unborn. Those same people argue that it does apply to those guilty of criminal offenses.
Does the sixth amendment forbid killing during wartime? Does it mean we should not kill in self defense or that capital punishment is forbidden?
As always with our God, He doesn’t leave us without knowledge on this. Exodus 21 explains:
He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die.
Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked. Exodus 23:7
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But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:22
As we pray for America pray for a better understanding of what it means to keep the sixth commandment and to love our neighbor. Pray that as Christians and as citizens in the free world we will accept the responsibility to protect the unborn, our most innocent, and to fight for their right to live.
We should thank God that we live in a society where we are allowed to make individual choices in so many areas of our lives. There are countries around the world where women are forced to abort their children. Thank God that we are free to protect our innocent and keep His commandment without fear of punishment. Pray that we might go a step further and protect their right to life by law just as our own lives are protected.