The Sixth Commandment – Don’t Murder

hibiscus1.jpg“You shall not murder.”

Exodus 20:13, NIV

This is one of those commandments that most people read and think, I’ll never murder anyone so I don’t need to worry about that one.

But in Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” And, John writes, “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” 1 John 3:15, NIV

This commandment goes beyond what we think of as “murder.” It’s about relationships. So, how can you use this commandment in your writing?

Write for Life

The meaning of this commandment in the original Hebrew talks about the killing of an innocent. That allows self-defense and capital punishment.

I am unashamedly pro-life. The one area where the most murders of innocents has occurred is abortion. Babies have been slaughtered by the millions.

Find your ideas in life. From news reporting on atrocities in the abortion industry, such as in the recent Gosnell trial, to sharing your personal story of pain to help others choose life, to writing about alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, this area is full of writing ideas.

But, it goes beyond abortion. Think of other arenas where the killing of an innocent is an issue: euthanasia, infanticide, persecution of the church.

How to Love and Respect Each Other

“Murder” goes beyond the killing of the physical body. There’s also the murder of the soul. It’s about relationships.

Both Jesus and John equate anger and hate with murder. What topics fit here? Loving one another, dealing with anger, forgiveness, reconciling relationships, building healthy relationships, to name a few. Apply these topics to marriage, friendships, work relationships, small groups, etc.

Then, think broader. What can you write about abuse, human trafficking and bullying?

Big Issues – Small Slices

Write a personal experience piece about how you wrestled with one of these issues and came out on the side of life. Offer how-to help. Write a poem that touches the heart. Use one of these issues in your fiction. Write a devotion that focuses on what God says about these issues. Do a personality profile on someone who is a leader in one of these issues. Help children understand these issues.

These are big issues. But, they impact people’s lives every day. Take a slice. Tell a story. Help your readers understand the preciousness of life.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: How can you write for life?

© Deborah Christensen


Posted on June 3, 2013, in 10 Commandments, abortion, euthanasia, fiction, inspiration, inspiring Bible verses, nonfiction, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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