A few morals go a long way

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

It seems that so many in the world dis­obey God’s Ten Com­mand­ments on a reg­u­lar ba­sis — and in a big way. But just think: If ev­ery­one obeyed the Fifth Com­mand­ment (“Thou shalt not kill”) we could all live in our homes and walk or ride safely and freely on streets and across bridges any­where in the world. We could go to and from work safely, as well as shop and wor­ship as we pleased. And if ev­ery­one obeyed the Sev­enth Com­mand­ment (“Thou shalt not steal”) there would be no theft, no re­moval or de­struc­tion of per­sonal or pub­lic prop­erty from homes, mar­kets, work­places or places of wor­ship.

Sane rea­son­ing sug­gests that the re­spon­si­bil­ity rests with each of us to learn, teach and prac­tice the Com­mand­ments, whence come self­con­trol and the de­vel­op­ment of true self-worth. It is essen­tial that “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal” be par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent in the cur­ric­ula of all sec­u­lar and re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion, start­ing now.

THOMAS J. PIERPOINT River Ridge, Va.

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