The Golden Rule is taking a beating.
You remember the Golden Rule, don’t you? It’s in Matthew 7:12 and says, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Yet, the evidence is everywhere that the Golden Rule is forgotten. Look outside and see the evidence. At the church where I serve, people routinely dump garbage including the remains of their cigarettes in the parking lot and yard. They wouldn’t want anyone doing the same thing in their yard, though, would they?
The ever-increasing incidents of road rage are another evidence. This is a no-brainer. If I observe the Golden Rule, then I’m not going to chase someone down and pummel them for cutting in front of me. Yet, the practice shows people don’t mind treating others badly.
What can be done about this alarming trend? Well, there’s only one thing to do: people need to start learning Christ’s law and start obeying it. So, do you think we’re not under ANY law at all? Then, why did the apostle Paul write Galatians 6:2, or why did James write James 2:8? Then, we ARE responsible to God for obeying the law of his son, aren’t we?
And that highlights the crux of the problem. Since many do not believe they’re under any law, they feel they have no duty to obey any law. Period.
So, how do you feel about not obeying any law? How long will it take for that kind of attitude to destroy any nation that says it is one built on laws rather than men?