I was in church today and felt disconnected during the delivery of the sermon. When this happens the mind is prone to wander into the abyss. Yes, I’m a seminarian, study theology and a freak for books that lean towards these things but I have my moments where I simply want things to be done with.
But I’m not at all in the spirit of bashing the preacher here. Maybe the problem was me. Well, back to the discussion then.
How about you? Do you have moments like this? Where the sermon, ‘bores’ you to sleep (I wanted to use death but I guess that would be a tad disrespectful). So when this happens, what do you do?
As for me, when this happens I just dive in the passage that the preacher is preaching on and jot down some thoughts on it. Well, it keeps me from wondering out too far in my mind.
What I did today was jot down some thoughts on the 10 commandments. Something in line with the message, that is. So, here is what I got.
1. The 10 commandments has a response to other attitude
- to God
- to neighbor/ others
2. Obedience is not passive (the ‘do not’s’ somehow has influenced this type of understanding) but active; there is a pattern of how life is supposed to be lived.
3. Obedience is not just based on outward outlook but inner discipline as well. These things are to walk together, hand in hand.
4. God is concerned with how we live in response to him and how we respond to others as well.
5. In v. 12 of Exodus 20, our first social response to others starts with our immediate affiliates, in this case parents.
With this, I jotted down a question.
How should we read and understand the 10 Commandments? Does it help by just going through each commandment one by one each week or to actually read them as a whole and try to understand them in their wholeness state?