"So in everything, do to others what you would have have them to do you, this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
Matthew 7:12 NIV
I would venture to believe that most everyone has heard the Golden Rule, even if they have never cracked open a Bible or stepped foot into a church. I believe I first learned of the Golden Rule in elementary school.
When I was in school and first introduced to the idea, it was used to prevent us kids from hitting, bullying, stealing, lying, etc. The idea being, if I didn't want someone to steal my brand new Lisa Frank pencils... (Don't judge me... they were really cool!)... I shouldn't steal their Little Mermaid erasers. Sounds like a pretty good "rule" to live by, right?
So, what is my big issue with Christianity and the Golden Rule?
I firmly believe many of us have it all wrong. We are not using the "Golden Rule," but something more along the lines of:
"Don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you."
This may work as a rule for an 8 year old, but is that how Jesus REALLY wanted us to interpret what he said?
I would argue that there is a HUGE difference in what the Bible actually says, and what we actually do.
Jesus tells us to DO, our distorted version tells us NOT to do.
I am a big fan of my NIV, but I really like the way this scripture is worded in The Message. It says,
“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them."
In closing, I ask that we change our thinking on the Golden Rule. We need to do what Jesus really called us to do.
Dear Lord, I ask that You place people in my path that I might be able to bless today. I ask that You open my eyes to those people, so I might be able to see them the way that You do. Finally, I ask that You give me the best words, thoughts, and actions, that will help me to reflect Your glory. Amen.