Ten Commandments for World Communion Sunday

So if God is speaking a wild and holy “Do Not Harm” to the whole world rather than a naughty list for personal morality it might sound like this …

I am God of a World Communion – don’t put any of your little particular religions between you and God.

Don’t make idols of race or money or power or national identity and bow down and worship them.

Don’t make a wrong use of God’s name to justify your own ideas or your politics or even your interpretations of the Bible.

Remember that Sabbath means that you should rest your body, mind, and spirit and that you should create a society in which affordable rest care is a primary agenda for all people.

Honor all the elderly, listen to their wisdom and care for their wellbeing, for this is the only way to receive a heritage.

You shall not kill with your death penalty. You shall not kill by letting guns be unconscionably accessible to those ill of mind and spirit. You shall not kill migrant children for lack of a welcome. You shall not kill by starvation unnecessary in a world of abundance. You shall not extinct the critically endangered Amur Leopard, Black Rhino, Hawksbill Turtle, Mountain Gorilla. You shall not kill by war.

You shall not commit abuse in loving relationships, permit human trafficking, forbid love.

You shall not steal – land or cultural identity. You shall not steal a child’s childhood – not by incest or unjust labor practices. You shall not steal hope.

You shall not lie about the earth and that which damages it. You shall not lie in negotiations between nations, in the emissions of corporate greed, in the paying of the taxes that sustain a common life. You shall no longer lie about the past for our indigenous, aboriginal, native brothers and sisters are weeping. You shall not swallow lies about the present, neither in congress or in court. You shall not invent lies about the future that steal our children’s world.

And hardest of all in an era so divided between rich and poor that the rich always serve a gold-calf brunch to their friends with someone else’s ewe lamb, you shall not covet what your neighbor has, because wanting what someone else has tears the world’s communion to pieces, and breaking bread is meant to be a blessing to share.

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6 Responses to Ten Commandments for World Communion Sunday

  1. R. Matthew Stevens says:

    Spot on, Maren. This is a version of the prayer that’s appropriate for World Communion – or the other fifty-one Sundays of the year.

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you, Matthew. It is included in the sermon which also has the prophesy of Grandfather William Commanda. Thank you so much for that

    • Maren says:

      A second response Matthew — you want this one — I inadvertently did not copy the line on stealing (my people are quick to forget our stealings of the past) which shold be:

      You shall not steal – land or cultural identity. You shall not steal a child’s childhood – not by incest or unjust labor practices. You shall not steal hope.

      • R. Matthew Stevens says:

        Forgetting about stealing is infinitely preferable to actually stealing and readily forgiveable.

  3. June Goudey says:

    Simply WOW and thank you!

    • Maren says:

      Thank you and please note that when I first pasted this in I missed the line for stealing (this must mean something!)

      You shall not steal – land or cultural identity. You shall not steal a child’s childhood – not by incest or unjust labor practices. You shall not steal hope.

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