My dad was not a complicated man. He was not keen on philosophical, religious, psychological, or sociological insights. And, make no mistake, my dad was a survivor. He endured a family rife with alcoholism and abuse. Before he reached the age of 21, his two older sisters, whom he adored, had died tragically and violently. The older I become the more I find to admire and honor in my father. Although Dad did not find religion or church to be all that useful, he based his personal and professional life on one spiritual truth that is found in nearly every religion of the world. As Jesus puts it:
“Treat others as you want them to treat you.”
As we begin to return to life beyond quarantine, we cannot simply return to normal. The world has changed more than we realize. It seems to me the basic truth known as the Golden Rule is a very useful guide for how we take the next steps as a church, as a community, and as a nation. What do you think?
Grace and peace,