You can’t eat pizza for breakfast. Or grilled cheese.
You can’t eat ice cream for dinner, either.
Your clothes have to match. So do your socks.
You can’t write in your Bible.
You must have birthday cake on your birthday.
You shall not sing loudly in church if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
These are all rules that don’t exist. Seriously, they’re not real. There really aren’t fashion police, or food police, or singing police just waiting to haul you off to jail if you break one of these non-rules. And, unless Simon Cowell attends your church, go for it, sing at the top of your tone-deaf lungs. Praise the Lord.
You can have birthday donuts, birthday pie, or birthday beer if you want. It’s YOUR birthday, after all.
There are a lot of rules we do just because we have been told they are rules. There is no real reason for them, but yet, we call them rules…anyway.
Then, there are real rules. Like, look both ways before crossing the street so you don’t get hit by a bus.
And the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. (Luke 6:31, Matthew 7:12)
That rule right there won’t get your melon squashed by a bus if you break it, but it can be far more dangerous. It’s a basic human rule. It crosses across nations and religions. It means to treat others as you want to be treated.
And, if this past week’s fall-out from the Presidential election has shown me anything, it’s that humans have been ignoring the Golden Rule. With wild abandon.
We haven’t been nice to each other. We talk (or blog) a good game of being nice, hearing each other out, accepting differences, coming together. But we haven’t been doing it.
We talk of accepting opinions that are different from ours, but then we name call and put each other down when those different opinions win at the polls.
We talk of coming together, but then we smash windows, set cars on fire, riot at police and create a bigger divide between us. We label each other as white America, thugs, bad hombres.
We unfriend one another on Facebook because they voted opposite of us. On Tuesday morning you’re friends, by Wednesday morning you’re no longer welcome on their feed.
We talk of showing the love of Christ to those who don’t know Him. But we don’t actually do it. We attack them for not knowing, not understanding fully. We fight their hate with more hate. The hate I have heard come from Christian mouths lately is disturbing.
And that ain’t winning.
It wasn’t one candidate who lost last week. It was all of us.
And until we start to truly treat each other how we want to be treated we will continue to lose no matter what side of the aisle we stand.
LINKING UP with Holley Gerth.