Once a common sight in public places across the nation, the Ten Commandments have increasingly become a rarity outside of homes and churches.
But one campaign aims to change that, and a Texas town has become the latest place to join the nationwide display of billboards that declare the biblical code of ethics.
Located on Highway 183 in Liberty Hill, Texas, the Ten Commandments billboard is headlined “Thus Saith the Lord” and lists each commandment.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images.
“That shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”
The commandments billboard is intended to remind Americans of the Judeo-Christian ethics and morality found in the Bible that were once common throughout America.
The campaign was launched by WND co-founder Joseph Farah, who aims to place the Ten Commandments in front of more American eyes than ever before.
The message has been under attack for years from “civil rights” organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which pressed for their removal from schools, public buildings and even some churches.
Farah said the commandments are still relevant to American civil life.
“The purpose is to remind the public of the moral law to which all people are accountable whether they like it or not – even the ACLU,” Farah said. “America needs a set of social common denominators if we are to remain a self-governing society.”
He said no such document “has ever been produced by the hand of man.”
“For 3,000 years, empires have come and gone based on their adherence to the Ten Commandments. Millions of people have perished or been brought to salvation by God’s teachings about right and wrong. That’s what this campaign is all about – and I pray Americans will respond in partnership with me in dramatic style.”
Other Ten Commandments billboards have been placed near Shubert, Pa.; Las Vegas; Nashville; Jacksonville, Fla.; Los Angeles; and Branson, Mo.
Here it is in Springfield, Mass.:
See the sign in Nashville:
Here’s the sign in Long Beach, Calif.:
In Shubert, Pa.:
In Branson, Mo.:
The message in Lynwood, Calif., near Los Angeles:
In Jacksonville, Fla.:
An earlier Nashville sign:
In Las Vegas:
You can support the Ten Commandments Billboard Campaign with your financial donations in any amount or by helping to sponsor outdoor advertising in your own community.
See the video about the effort:
"The problem is America is not limited to atheists, agnostics, cults and non-believers," said Farah. "In fact, the biggest problem America has is with those who call themselves believers but who act no differently than the worldliest individuals on the planet. You can call these people backslidden. You can call them false converts. Or you can call them undiscipled, nominal believers. What they all have in common is they are not in obedience to God. They are not even trying to follow the most basic moral law, as Jesus and the prophets all instructed."
"The Ten Commandments have been banished from our schools," said Farah. "They’ve been banished from our courtrooms and law schools. They've even been banished from some of our churches and synagogues. Look what has become of America since. Maybe it's time to roll them out on highways and byways, in big cities and small towns so no one is without excuse as to the moral code the One True God gave us to govern ourselves."
Farah and WND are providing seed money for the launch and publicity and hope that Jews and Christians alike – all worshipers of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – will donate money to the campaign to erect the messages on public billboards from coast to coast.
"I don't know what the result will be," said Farah. "But I know America badly needs a reminder of who guides the universe and the affairs of men and what He requires of us all. Americans need awareness of their sins before they can repent of them. And until we repent of our sins, America's fate has been cast to the wind. America needs the Ten Commandments."
You can donate to the campaign online at the WND Superstore or write checks to WND with a notation "Ten Commandments campaign." Checks can be sent to WND.com Inc., 2020 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Suite 351, Washington, D.C. 20006.
If you'd like to learn how to sponsor a billboard in your community, email TenCommandments@wnd.com.
"If you're concerned about the future of America, heed God's word in II Chronicles 7:14," said Farah: "It says, 'If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.' But if we don't understand our sin, which is defined by the Ten Commandments, how can we turn from our wicked ways? And how will God hear us? And how will He heal our land?"
WND believes the Ten Commandments are the glue that hold society together. If they are forgotten, dismissed or ignored, America will cease being a self-governing nation, as its Founding Fathers intended.
Listen to what others have said and written about the Ten Commandments:
- "The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion." – John Adams
- "If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments." – Zig Ziglar
- "We might come closer to balancing the budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule." – Ronald Reagan
- "One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue." – Christopher Hitchens (noted atheist)
- "The Ten Commandments are the divinely revealed law." – Roy Moore
- "Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance." – Phyllis Schlafly
- "Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai … but he has never improved on God's law." – Cecil B. DeMille
- "I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments and are taught what they mean, they will predictably engage in less crime." – Gary Bauer