Obey God's Standards
Morally Straight and Clean
by Don R. Hender
As a young man I was a member of
the Boy Scouts, and as such I learned the Boy Scout Oath:
"On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to
God and to my country and to obey the Scout Law; To Help other people at all
times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally
Sometimes those days and times seem so far distant now both in time and
space and particularly in societal change and standards. God and country just
meant more then than now, and in that priorital order of God first. Human
charity and care for others, one's neighbors and community was particularly
strong and not so self serving. And one's moral character and pride in self
and being good with set standards was important and well laid out. Abusing
one's body and mind with drugs was a great evil to be socially condemned. And
it was most prophetically proper to be 'morally straight', which meant then
exactly that, and even though in today's twisted vernacular it is still
understood the same, though little care is taken by society today to
maintain it. Marriage and family were the understood backbone of society with
husband, wife and children being the societal ideal.
Today's world has wrongly strayed from that Moral Standard of living. God to
so many is dead and quite ignored in daily living. Self proclaimed 'rights'
is placed ahead of the well being of others and society as a whole. And the
moral standards of the years have been turned upside down. And today the
greatest need of society and America is a return to that God in whom we so
state our trust. As the world's history moves steadily toward that day of the
Second Coming of the Lord, there is a great need to return to the fundamentals
of striving to live by God's Standard.
God's standard has been the basic foundation to societal positive development
in all ages. And that standard begins with the most basic commandments of God,
the Ten Commandments. And though our nation and society has been built upon
such a standard, today there are groups in protest to the public display of
God's and humanity's basic laws for man's well being. Wrongly skewed in the
human rights movements and arguments, these commandments have been barred from
public display upon our nation's institutional lands. And today as much of our
world is 'going to hell in a basket', that which could readily save them is
being removed by the forces of evil from our national conscienciousness.
My own strong advice to my sons and daughters, to my grandchildren, is to so
live by God's Standards, for only in them can they be in that state of the
Boy Scout motto: "Be Prepared". Yes, be prepared for that coming day of the
Lord, and be NOT found wanting. And to that direction here are God's basic
The Ten Commandments
The greatest loss today has been man's lost understanding of his relationship
to God. Either man has forgotten, ignored or even has set his mind to that
position that there is no God. Yet what it really seems to boil down to is
that man has created his own God to be the form, item or design of self
determination of just what each man would have his God to be. Be it money,
power, self grandizement and so on, man had replaced God with what man himself
has determined of himself and of his own mind to be that which is more and
even most important to him in the stead of God. In other words they are not
really without God, they have just positioned and created their own God to
be something else rather than that one true God. They certainly have
disobeyed God's first and leading commandments.
Man is to place his
relationship with God in that number one position. But what has man replaced
God with? What has become number one in a man's life that is held greater
than man's relationship to God? To many it is self gratification in all of its
many forms of surcombing to the desires of the natural man. To others it is
self pride, thinking that one self is better that all others, including God.
This includes those who image that they know more and better than another, and
particularly that the do know more and can judged of their ownselves just what
is and what is not. Things to them are what they think they are because they
so think it. There is no humility in them. It is all vanity, the vanity of self
being greater than God. Such things as sports, drugs and even technology and
science becomes their God. Or any such thing which satisfies their own super
ego of knowing of themselves and doing of themselves. Any such thing that
replaces God, even that religion which denies God is that which can so replace
God in their lives or even removes God to the 'bottom of one's list' as
opposed to recognizing God being above and before on that eternal list of
In olden times people would
make of the workmanship of their own hands such 'gods' of gold, silver, wood
and stone. They would worship the workmanship of their own hands as being
their god. This is not that much diferent today. Such things as cars and
boats, planes and trains, and in more particular today the ipod, the tablet,
the digital camera, the computer, the television and so on and so forth.
Certainly today was are no better off or less guilty of making of the
workmanship of our own hands 'graven images' which we do worship foremost
above and beyond our worship of God. This list of such things is endless,
women with their fads of clothes and fashion, men with their games and
entertainment attractions. In such an ever growing list of such 'things of
the world', God is oh so easily removed way down the list into the obsurity
of being completely out of mind and thought.
While the use of foul language,
particularly such as the name of God is an offense to God and to the use of
language, what is more particularly being spoken of here is the making of
oaths and covenants with the Lord falsely, with 'vain' intents of keeping them.
Certainly when we have covenanted to obey God's commandments, which includes
to keep our thoughts and language clean and refined, then the use of foul
language is a braking of one of God's commandments and of such covenants, oaths
and promises we have made with God in both or either our current or former
preexistent lives we have lived. Part of our being here in this Second Estate
is a matter of having taken such oath, covenants and promises upon ourselves.
And here in this mortality we again do so 'swear' to take upon ourselves
such requirements of living God's commandments. And when we fail to properly
keep those commitments between us and our Father in Heaven, we have sworn or so taken
the name of God in vain. And this is more particularly that which this
commandment is speaking of.
God knows that man had
all the various needs of life and he does not expect man to be endlessly in
a state of worshipping God. And though there is a proper order of priority,
all things have their proper time and place. God expects man to work and take
time in the pursuit of the things which are needful for a good life. Thus
while God expects us to commune with him daily, he also expects us to be about
our daily work of living. In fact we are told to take the greater portion of
six days a week in such earthly pursuit of making a living and only one day
in seven has God requested of us to rest from such earthly labors in order to
more particularly remember Him and take more specifically care of our
spiritual needs in the worship of our God. Remember the Sabbath Day and keep
is Holy, that is in mind and spirit with the Lord.
Perhaps here we have an
over lap. For we have our immediate earthly parents who we are to honor and
obey and not to contend with and abuse. But also we have our Heavenly parents
as well, who we are to remember, reverence and honor as well. And we ought to
seek to develop our own personal relationships with the parents of our spirits
In a perfect world this is
no need to kill. Yet there is a vast diffence between murder, the wanton
killing of another for such as self gratification and to get gain as was the
case of Cain. And the Lord in his Sermon on the mount takes the spirit of this
commandment even further.
The proper order of heaven
and earth is the family order. Husband, wife and children. A man and a woman
are to so join themselves one unto the other and be one in the Lord with such
intent of so forming a family. God's prescribed order is just that and all
such sexual relationships are to be confinded to that end. Extramarital
affairs and relationships are clearly outside the intent and purpose of this
commandment as also further set forth by Jesus Christ in his Sermon on the
mount concerning this topic.
Both the right of and control
of personal property is protected by this commandment. In ancient times under
the extended Law of Moses, robbery was a capital offense, which could end in
the taking of the life of the robber. When one steals another's property, they
are often infringing of those persons' working to provide themselves with
their own livelihoods and well being. And such 'stealing' is not merely to be
limited to tangible physical things in nature. Often one can 'steal' another's
good reputation and even cause to be stolen another's job and position in
the community. Thus this commandment goes beyond just tangible property rights,
but also moves over into the meaningful intent and purpose of 'stealing' even
that which is intangible from another.
That tangled web of a lie is
often ereversible in nature. Certainly honesty is not only the best policy,
but it is one which protects both parties in any dispute. Only the truth
truely sets one free, for a lie once made fosters further lies and deceptions
so connected in an endless mind maintenance effort to maintain. The false
witness is also damaging to the victim is so many ways depending upon the
nature, intent and result effects of the false witness or lie.
Though it is not wrong to
want to work to obtain like things as others also have, it is wrong to want
to have the exact particular thing that 'thy neighbor has'. Cain desired to
have Abel's flocks and weath. David desired to have Uriah's wife lead David
into committing other sins of stealing, adultry, murder, lying and so forth.
Thus though to covent is but the tenth commandment, it is one which oh so offten
leads to the eventual breaking of all of God's commandments. We ought not to
attempt to keep up with the Joneses of the world which often leads into
financial ruin. We ought to think to live modestly and within our own
means, having as our primary concern that we have suficent for our needs,
leaving unrealistic desires for the luxuries and things of the world to
themselves and not as the basis of our every desire.
Other Standards of Moral Character
While the Ten Commandments has set a time proven standard of moral conduct,
there are other such lists of laws of behavior and conduct which are also
well to attain to. There is the Scout Law which is in its short form is:
A Scout is:
- and Reverent.
In addition even the LDS Church has set out added timely guidlines for its
youth in respect to such modern day circumstances and conditions.