I teach a program called “Leadership To Renew America’s Biblical-Constitutional Values, a centerpiece of which includes an overview of what I call "The Divine Decalogue for Dynamic Decency," which explains the 10 Commandments in positive paraphrases that highlight the behavioral outcomes they are designed to produce. For instance Command number 6 is "Mercy Mitigates Murder" and Command 8 is "Do not rip off others and yourself out of God's plan for both your material blessings."
The Biblical Basis for The Bill of Rights
America's Founding Fathers realized that through the Ten Commandments God was securing or inalienable rights. They realized God was saying through
Commands # 1-4 - "you have a right to worship God the way the Bible says to worship Him."
Command # 5 - "you have a right to an honorable family."
Command # 6 - "you have a right to defend your life and not be murdered. "
Command # 7 - "you have a right to have sex only with your marriage partner," and “you have a right not to be sexually assaulted."
Command # 8 - "you have a right not to be stolen from - nor have your property improperly seized.”
Command # 9 - "you have a right not to be lied to, slandered or falsely accused."
Command # 10 - "you have a right not to have your belongings or property coveted.“
These God-given rights are “inalienable,” meaning since they come from God we can't be alienated from or deprived of them by other individuals or the government - even by democratic majority vote!
The Founding Fathers codified our God-given rights in the US Bill of Rights. Thus, amendment one protects our rights to obey commands one through four. Amendment two, the right to bear arms, protects our rights under commandmen six.
Dynamically Decent People and Politicians
The Divine Decalogue explains the objective standards of behavior people and government representatives need to adhere to, so as a society we have the capacity to enjoy the freedom to pursue the life, liberty and happiness America’s Founding Fathers envisioned.