â€œGod gave us fifteenâ€”â€
Oops! Moses (played of course by Brooks) dropped one. It shattered. Hmmm?
â€œGod gives us ten commandments.â€
Charlton Heston, surely closer to Mosesâ€™ appearance than Mel Brooks, witnessed the commandments being created, word-by-word, phrase-by-phrase. A holy fire blazed and cut each rock-bound letter. How many people are more familiar with Cecille B. DeMilleâ€™s 1956 The Ten Commandments than the Bibleâ€™s top ten list? I mean, isnâ€™t DeMilleâ€™s film really a documentary?
Long ago, at my regional United Methodist annual conference, with a thousand clergy and laity in a tense debate over the values of faith, a young pastor stood and declared that all churches should have the Ten Commandments visibly posted in the sanctuary. Every parishioner, every Sunday, would be reminded of Godâ€™s laws.
With loudspeakers amplifying his voice, he declared, â€œIt should be exactly as the Bible said!â€ Continue reading →