How Moses Got the Ten Commandments

How Moses Got the Ten Commandments




God went to the Arabs and said,

‘I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.’

The Arabs asked, ‘What are Commandments?

And the Lord said, ‘They are rules for living.’

‘Can you give us an example?’

‘Thou shall not kill.’

‘Not kill? We’re not interested.’


So He went to the Blacks and said,

‘I have Commandments.’

The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said,

‘Honour thy Father and Mother.’

‘Father? We don’t know who our fathers are.

We’re not  interested.’


Then He went to the Mexicans and said,

‘I have Commandments.’

The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said, ‘Thou shall not steal.’

‘Not steal? We’re not interested.’


Then He went to the French and said,

‘I have Commandments.’

The French too wanted an example and the Lord said,

‘Thou shall not commit adultery.’

‘Sacre bleu!!! Not commit adultery. We’re not interested.’


Finally, He went to the Jews and said,

‘I have Commandments.’

‘Commandments?’ They asked, ‘How much are  they?’

‘They’re free.’

‘We’ll take 10.’

There. That should [expletive] off just about everybody…


Yesterday I shared this internet composition with my Sunday School class. The reactions surprised me in a certain way when three members explained why they thought the composition was humorous, but not by discussing the composition. What they expressed was their frustration with “political correctness” and people who “wear their feelings on their sleeves.” When I asked them why it was humorous, they explained that, to a degree, the summarization of the character of Arabs, etc., was accurate. When I asked if religions, such as Baptist, were used instead of Arabs, would it still be funny. “Of course”, they said, if it was “accurate.” Some other members of the class saw the thing as expressing stereotypes of Arabs, etc. and thus, not humorous at all, even damaging.

Although yesterday’s experience is a small Sunday School class, I think it telling. The class is composed of good, Christian people who read and study the  Bible, contribute in many ways to assist less fortunate folks, and work to spread the Gospel. Yet, they saw the thing as an example of how we have been taken over by political correctness. The members who saw the thing as offensive are also good, Christian people.

Yet, as I read the Gospels, I see Jesus as a person who never laughed at any person. I see Jesus as a man who did  not make fun of the Woman at the Well, the many lepers he cured, the beggar at the gate, the woman caught in adultery,  and so forth. He loved them all. In John 15:17, Jesus says, “These things I command you,  that you love one another.”

How can we love when we pigeon-hole any person?


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