American Culture

It’s election time again, Christian America – now about those Ten Commandments, part IV

Ten CommandmentsPart IV of a series.

Today my ever-so-patient readers get off easy. Why? Because as cynical as I am, I simply am not psychic.

The fourth commandment (as per the previous posts, as reckoned by Catholicism) is:

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
Exodus 20:12 (NASB) 

Simply, I fail to find anything that would indicate that the parents of either Governor Romney or President Obama ever commanded them to govern or campaign as they do, or otherwise. I also have no evidence that any parent of these gentlemen ever explicitly instructed their children to strictly obey the Ten Commandments.

On the other hand, we’ve got a fair few commandments yet to go. I leave it to the judicious reader to decide whether or not, commandments notwithstanding, parents of either of these candidates ever instructed their children to abstain from certain behaviors also proscribed by the Ten Commandments. “Willard, don’t lie.” “Barry, always tell the truth.”

Actually, I can’t imagine any parent omitting the need for truthfulness from the parental canon. I’m pretty sure that’s one of those rules the standard parent never quite gets around to taking back. And, as it turns out, PolitiFact has indeed documented the relative truthfulness of both Governor Romney and President Obama.

I guess they’re not off the hook after all.