“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
The Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest expands the prose for our understanding: “Therefore, all things whatever you may be desiring men to be doing to you, in the same manner also, as for you, you be doing unto them, for this is the law and the prophets.”
Almost everyone knows the Golden Rule, and that is a good thing, for Jesus tells us that it sums up the law and prophets. How much better would our world be if we all followed it diligently?
Three benefits of the Golden Rule:
- It’s Proactive
Instead of going through life always waiting for everyone else to get it right so that you can respond, it moves us to an active role of moving out in faith.
- It’s Practical—DO to others as you would have them do to you.
The Golden Rule promotes beneficial activity in the will of God. Not, “Should I love?” But, “How should I love in this situation?” A motivation to love will always express itself in beneficial actions. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
- It’s Portable–Do to others as you would have them do to you.
What do you always have with you? YOU! How would I like to be treated in that situation?
As J.C. Ryle writes: “It settles a hundred difficult points. It prevents the necessity of laying down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases.”
John Calvin weighs in on this: “Where our own advantage is concerned, there is not one of us, who cannot explain minutely and ingeniously what ought to be done. And since every man shows himself to be a skillful teacher of justice for his own advantage, how comes it, that the same knowledge does not readily occur to him, when the profit or loss of another is at stake? Because we wish to be wise for ourselves only and no man cares about his neighbors. Christ therefore shows that every man may be a rule of acting properly and justly towards his neighbors, if he do to others what he requires be done to him.”
An upcoming application: Our Re-gathering as a church on Sunday, June 28.
We are not all of one mind! There are those in our congregation that think that all this social distancing and mask-wearing is total silliness–much ado about nothing. Others have deep concerns–perhaps they have lost a loved one to COVID-19, or they are a healthcare worker or first responder who has dealt with the consequences of infection.
We are not of one mind about this pandemic, but we should all be of one mind about this: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…
- Would you like it that our capacity falls within a range that can be properly managed? Register online.
- Would you like to choose how close you stand to people and how much interaction to have? Let others choose that also.
- Would you like to know that others are doing all they can to keep any pathogens they may have to themselves? Please wear a mask when entering the building.
- Would you like to have some choice about the interactions your children have with other children? Please supervise your children during the time of our services so that other parents can have that choice as well.
I am not sure how long these strictures will be in place. But while they are, we have the opportunity to practice the Golden Rule with those in our congregation.