Q12: What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
ANSWER: Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.
bridle the tongue.
Contentment is one of the most difficult dispositions for us to cultivate in our late modern world. Each day bombards us with sales pitches and marketing campaigns designed to persuade us of our lack. The marketing research firm Yankelovich estimates that a person living in a city 30 years ago saw up to 2,000 ad messages per day, compared with up to 5,000 today. That's 5,000 times per day that we are encouraged in and reminded of our discontentment! Every time we open a magazine or newspaper, turn on the television, browse the web or walk down the street we confront a cacophony of voices whispering (well, actually, shouting) that "you won't really be happy until you purchase product X, Y, or Z."
Thanks to increasingly sophisticated social science research, marketers have become more and more sophisticated in cultivating the disposition of need, of desire, of envy. Is it too much to argue that the entire media marketplace constitutes a massive enterprise designed to induce breach of the Tenth Commandment?
I often wonder how much this constant barrage shapes my own loves and desires. If I spend fifteen minutes a day in Scripture, but encounter 5,000 messages to the contrary in the remaining sixteen hours, how am I affected? How does this warp my own desires and my own willingness to be content with what I have. Put another way, if my treasure is in a new car, a new house, a new widescreen "ultra HD 4K TV," then what does that say about my heart?
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.