THE GOLDEN RULE
Jesus said, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12). Jesus here takes them back to Leviticus 19:18. Many, however, live by their own way of thinking. For example, some live by the rule which says do unto others before they do unto you. Others live by a rule which says do unto others as they have done unto you, or before they do unto you. We live in a restless, permissive society which does all kinds of hurtful and evil things to others, ignoring the Lord’s plea set forth in Matthew 7:12. Think of what we could be enjoying if all did as Jesus said.
Consider some of the things being done today. Some people’s businesses, houses, and much more, are being burned. Looting is going one. Others have been beaten, or even killed in the name of protests. Legitimate local, state and national laws are being broken daily, without just punishment. Law enforcement personnel ordained by God (Romans 13:1) are being ridiculed, attacked, wounded, and such like, by people out of control. Some are even calling for them to be defunded, rather than defended, even when they are right. Some are outright calling for the dissolution of these agencies. A few of their vehicles are being destroyed, without concern for the tax dollars that will be required to replace them.
It is obvious that agencies made up of human beings are not flawless, and that there are some things which need to be corrected. However, some are agitators, calling upon people to do the same in a destructive way. Some are not afraid to do evil things (2 Peter 2:1), follow those who do (2 Peter 2:2), and others are less afraid to even speak evil of authorities. (2 Peter 2:4).
Questions! Are these people following Jesus, that is, doing as they would have others do unto them? Would the promoters and doers of burnings rejoice if others were burning their businesses, houses, and such like? Would they be thrilled to have others loot what they have worked so hard to have? Would they be happy to have someone beat or kill them or theirs? Would they be happy for there to be no law enforcement (officers and courts) to give them justice for wrongs committed against them? In short, what are these uncontrolled, restless, unrighteous, evil-doers thinking? Is this what they would that men should do to them?
Think of how Jesus called upon people to treat others. Jesus directed all to “Love your enemies.” (Matthew 5:43-48). Paul, inspired of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-7, 10), told the Corinthians what genuine love is. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). One’s entire outlook on life will change when God’s love is shown. None of the destructive things being done today by uncontrollable, evil protestors today would have seen the light of day had Matthew 7:12 been followed. Cf. Romans 13:8.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” (Romans 13:1). No one who sees what is happening today believes that all people in law enforcement need to be there, that all do as they should. However, as others have said, “Two wrongs do not make one right”, and “One does not throw the baby out with the bath water.” Use the courts, understanding that they are not made up of flawless people, and that there will be some mistakes along the way.
Read Romans 13:9, thinking of all the problems that doing such things would solve. Also, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor:….” (Romans 13:10).
Again, Romans 13:13, calls upon all, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering (illicit-intercourse, JP), and wantonness (lasciviousness, JP), not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Again, faithfully following the words of the Lord would eliminate all of today’s problems. People would surely not be out of control in the streets disruptively protesting, but would be temperate, that is self-controlled. (2 Peter 1:6). All would be following the words of Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
James 2:1ff would surely eliminate the “Big I, little U” attitude some have. God “which regardeth not persons” (Deuteronomy 10:17), and He does not want anyone to have this attitude. (James 2:2-9). Neither the rich, superior athletes, highly educated, upper echelon of society, nor any others have the night to feel superior to any other. Faithfully keeping the law of James recorded in chapter 2 would eliminate so much friction.
Eliminating the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21, Romans 1:18-32, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) would solve the majority of problems in today’s society. People would live together as they should, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, and all others. Many diseases would even disappear. And on and on the list would go and grow. Addition of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-26), the Christian graces (2 Peter 1:5-11), and practicing the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) would bring many blessings.
Beloved, it grieves one to the heart to see many who will not honesty look at and follow the words of the Christ who came to bring peace. (Luke 2:8-20, especially, verse 14). If you have done it your way, and you see it is not working, why not try it the Lord’s way. You will find that “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7).