So I'm driving along one Saturday afternoon, enjoying KCRW's latest program on The Ten Commandments and wishing I had someone in the car beside me so we could discuss it. Relevant illustrations included "Thou shalt not kill," an interview with an Army chaplin/sargent, and some 7th graders on coveting- as in, how can anyone NOT covet iPod? (You're asking me!?!) Which is (for some of us) equal to coveting another's spouse. But knowing it is breaking a commandment to covet, we still aspire to achieve certain material goods or obtaining a certain improved status in life.
My favourite story is the one interviewing teens. One girl with a huge "Nadie N David" scrawled the length of her forearm describes her relationship with "David." Apparently, she dated him and then broke up with him because he would "talk $#!%" about her, but they got back together because, well, because that's what love is. (Even though her friend insists the rumors about Dave were true, and that "you can't know real love until you're 16.") Just then- DURING THE INTERVIEW- well, now...Who's that with the girl wrapped around his arm? DAVID?!?!
You can't make this stuff up. It's AWESOME.
So how do we "progress," without coveting? And what is there to achieve if we cannot envy? How do we avoid "lusting in our hearts," and is that even realistic? Are any of these commandments realistic- or are we all destined to break them on some level or another? Look at the pictures, read The Bible, and let me know how it helps your Sunday School discussions.
For future reference and more details on Commandments, you may want to refer to The Bible. And here's my new favourite version of The Bible, because I like the illustrations. And if you want to hear the program...well. I think you'll just have to come over to my house, because I can't figure out how to post it. But I've listened to this episode 5 times so far, and I still get a kick out of the boy with God's name, the shame brought to father's name, and especially that one about iPod.