Southern Religion

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vs The Third Commandment

Mainstream Baptist Bruce Prescott begins by parsing Al Mohler’s confused celebration of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation [.pdf] of the constitutionality of using the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance and, separately [.pdf]. of using “In God We Trust” on our national currency.

Mohler celebrated this venture into civil religion as happy and healthy and without theological content. Even though he is the author of a book on the Ten Commandments: Words From the Fire. And it is for overlooking the application of one of those commandments to the court’s decision that Prescott abjures Mohler:

This decision is not good news, it is bad news for people of genuine faith and conviction. It makes Christians not only complicit but active promoters of a sin for which God warns he will not hold us guiltless.

Only a false prophet eager to accomodate the itching ears of an idolatrous people could find anything commendable in news that the highest court in the land has officially declared that the name of God has no theological meaning.

The Supreme Court has legalized what the third command of the Ten Commandments expressly prohibits: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

Read the entire post here.

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Law, Religion | , , | Comments Off on 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vs The Third Commandment