Reminders: Seven Ingredients or Ten Commandments?

Reminders: Seven Ingredients or Ten Commandments?

by Ardith Hoff

Can you recite the seven ingredients in a Big Mac at McDonalds?  How about the Ten Commandments?  Most Americans when surveyed did a better job naming the seven ingredients of a Big Mac (two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun) than the Ten Commandments. 

Some people might have missed the pickles and onions, but they seem pretty trivial to most hamburger lovers.  Most people probably can name (or at least guess at) most of the Ten Commandments, but they sometimes conveniently leave out some important ones, like “keep the Sabbath day holy” or “do not use the name of the Lord in vane”.  These have become trivialized in modern society, and are often thought of as, “optional” like pickles and onions.  We all know that even if we can recite the commandments verbatim, we are incapable of keeping them perfectly.  That does not excuse us from trying, or from ignoring them altogether. 

Whether we can name them all correctly or not, most of us have been taught right from wrong.  We know when we are doing something that we shouldn’t be doing.  We also know when we ought to do something we aren’t doing.  Most of us don’t need a set of stone tablets sitting in front of us to know how to behave, but just in case you are one who for some reason has never seen the Ten Commandments, or need a reminder, here is the list found in Exodus 20.

  1. I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other God before me.   
  2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.                       
  3. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.                                  
  4. Honor your father and your mother.                                                   
  5. You shall not lie.                                                                                                   
  6. You shall not commit adultery.                                                                     
  7. You shall not steal.                                                                               
  8. You shall not bear false witness.                                                               
  9. You shall not kill.                                                                            
  10. You shall not wish for your neighbor's wife, house, or property