There are so many lawsuits and appeals related to the display of anything religious (Ten Commandments monuments, crosses, nativity scenes) on public property. An incredible amount of time, energy and money are spent on these legal battles. Should this matter at all to Christians?
I fail to see the victory that will be won in keeping the Ten Commandments on courthouse lawns.
I wonder if monuments and nativity scenes on government property are like the broad phylacteries and long fringes that Jesus condemned (Matthew 23:5). Could they be empty symbols that give us false confidence in our righteousness — personal and national? Maybe we should reconsider that second commandment on the monument: “Thou shalt not make any graven image” (Exodus 20:4).
There is an important difference between Christianity and patriotism. God does not require national endorsement (and refuses to endorse presidential candidates, I’m sure). Christ is not dependent upon Caesar to proclaim his kingdom. I just don’t believe God is that concerned with granite monuments.
Instead, I believe the apostle Paul expresses God’s greater concern: “…you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).