I have always clung to the church to guide me, especially in times of stormy waters. That her rules are given out of love to set us free is one of my deepest held beliefs. And not just in the next world, but in this one as well.
Following is a transcript of a talk I gave at our middle school retreat. I was shocked at the reception and positive feedback I received from the kids. It was something I really wanted to say, and I guess it was something they needed to hear.
Man is social and the first and primary unit of all societies is the family. And so,
The 2nd and 8th commandments deal with speech. Don’t take the name of the Lord in Vain, thou shall not lie. Speech. Speech is so uniquely human. We are the only creatures in the universe with speech. Certainly not the only ones who communicate, but the only ones with words. And from the very beginning, man used those words not just to communicate needs: give me some milk, hand me that wood, help! No, we told stories about the stars, recorded our history, I bet in caves all across the world, mothers had words to say, I love you my child. Now GO TO SLEEP! Speech is how we build relationship, with God and with one another. It is an essential part of being human.
Remember when Satan told Adam and Eve to break the rules. He told them that if they disobey, they would be like God. He only lied about the disobey part. Man can be like God. What? Yep, remember, God is love. When we love, we are godlike. And to love is to follow those commandments and to follow those commandments, that too is love.