Youth - February 2017
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February 2017
by Hector Meza

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me." Exodus 20:2-3

The theme for our youth lock-in this year was, "Kicking it Old School." We decided to focus our lesson that night on the 10 Commandments, an "old school" topic that we wanted to prove was still relevant today. In today's high tech world, old school is at most a novelty so making the 10 Commandments cool was not an easy proposition.

Perhaps it's because we see them as rules. I don't know about you but I think rules are hard to abide by. Especially when they are set by powerful authorities. Perhaps it's our "American Outlaw" mentality that demands freedom even if it costs us our death. I know that yellow light means "slow down" but I think it should mean, "speed up!" And so when we initially encounter the 10 Commandments we might have the tendency to look at God with similar suspicion. Perhaps we assume, "Of course God wants us to submit to Him. He's just showing us who's boss."

And God would have every right to proclaim that. He could have declared in a loud, booming voice, "I'm bigger than you. I created you and if I wanted to I could snuff you out. So obey me, now!" Yet that's not what we discover as the reason God gave us His commandments. The reason He gives us for why we should obey Him is that He has rescued us from slavery. For the Israelites this was literal slavery complete with whips and hard labor. For all of us however, it was the means of preparing us for Jesus who would bring about freedom from being slaves of sin. And so the 10 Commandments are really all about freedom. Our freedom.

Imagine for a moment what our world would look like if everyone followed these 10 Commandments. Instead of feeling bound we would all enjoy perfect freedom. Freedom from being taken advantage of, freedom from the hurt of being lied to, or gossiped about, freedom from having to lock our doors, freedom from the fear that our spouses will prove unfaithful. Maybe this year we should change how we view the 10 Commandments. Instead of being just rules to hover over us, we should see them as a way in which we can experience more freedom in our lives.

In Christ,
P. Hector

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