The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Thou shall not covet

Sin starts with wanting it all

Included among the "should nots" is one that gets little notice. "Don't covet" made it to the Top 10, yet it gets little recognition and attention. Many cannot define the word.

The Ten Commandments do not raise a very high bar. Almost all cultures have a prohibition against killing, stealing and lying. Respect of ancestors has always been universally observed.

Who objects to a day off? Worshiping a rock is somewhat stupid. Adultery is not done accidentally. It starts with coveting and lying. Coveting, lying and adultery: one act, three sins.

It is coveting that leads to murder: we want another's life. It is the cause of stealing: we want his stuff. We lie to get what is not ours. It starts with coveting.

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