So, I seem to have gotten away with re-writing the 10 commandments. The faithful at Tighnabruaich were a bit alarmed, but Dunoon didn’t bat an eye.
The question on the floor was how can we help the text be heard by a generation that can’t bear with Thou Shalt Not long enough to find any good in law.
The tentative answer was that we play with it, and invert speech. So, I ended up with this:
10 Offerings (an inversion of Exodus 20.1-17)
Then we said to God:
- You are our God, who brought us into freedom:
we shall have no other gods before you.
- We shall not make idols, or try to contain you
in the things of this world;
we shall not worship the work of our own hands,
for if we turn from you we will be miserable.
We know that we and our children
will be miserable without you.
- We shall not abuse your name,
or use it to gain our own ends.
- We shall remember the Sabbath, the day of rest.
We shall remember that our worth comes from you,
and not the things we do.
We shall honour that worth in others,
and let strangers and all your creatures
be blessed by your Sabbath.
- We shall give honour to those who nurture us,
to all who give us life;
so that we learn to live long and live well.
- We shall respect life, and help it flourish.
- We shall honour the commitments of love,
and walk carefully with one another.
- We shall share our wealth freely,
so that no one is left desperate.
- We shall speak what is true, and what is kind and good.
- We shall rejoice in our neighbours’ wealth and good fortune. We shall rejoice when they love and are loved.
I realised after the fact that I began with ‘nots’, but by the end was looking for affirmations only. I’ve left the descrepancy in hope that maybe you will have a go at editing.