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Politics and The Golden Rule


Mark is a freelance writer and blogger. He has a Masters degree in Management from Dallas Baptist University.

As I write this, it is three days past the Presidential election and despite both candidates claiming victory, the election has not been called.

Supporters for both sides are digging their heels in on who is the winner and why. Threats of lawsuits to ensure a fair election shout out from one side while threats of physical removal from the White House echo from the other. How did it come to this?

This election and surely this presidency, has transformed the landscape for future generations to come. It has been a slippery slope year after year. Never have we witnessed the raw emotion associated with this presidency and yet, we should have seen it coming. Today's political climate has been building for years and has devolved into shaming and silencing people who believe a certain way. Responsible discourse is no longer the norm and our society is headed for more line-drawing in the sand; you're either with us or against us is the new normal.

So what about the Golden Rule? Is there still room for it? It doesn't seem to be getting better. Below are my thoughts written back in 2016:

I find it interesting that no one talks about the Golden Rule anymore. When I was a kid, discussion of the Golden rule was common. My mom always spoke to us about the importance of treating others well. In church, our pastors preached on the merits of being good to one another, and the golden rule was a cornerstone of my Royal Rangers troop (the Christian version of the boy scouts).

We as a society have migrated from this principle and have become more of a “what’s in it for me” nation. In the Bible, Titus, chapter three, the Apostle Paul writes to Titus and instructs him to remind the believers to be “gentle and show true humility to everyone”.[1] Paul explains that our salvation, by the Grace of God, made us righteous and secure with the knowledge that we will inherit eternal life. It is this foundation that Paul demands we should stand on and motivate us to produce good acts and deliver the message of good to everyone.

In this political season, the Golden Rule is certainly lost and has been replaced with “useless” quarrelling that Paul warns us to avoid. As believers, we should fight to bring a message of good in the midst of finger-pointing and hate speech being volleyed back and forth by all political parties. Even my Facebook page is not immune from the harsh, negative posts that dominate my timeline.

This year’s Presidential election should have deeper meaning for believers than electing a President whose beliefs and policies are more closely aligned with the Word of God. As important as that is, and I do not dare downplay its importance, perhaps this is the appropriate time to usher in a rebirth of the Golden Rule. The election will end in November, but there is no timeline on performing good deeds and treating people with true humility.

As believer’s, we all aim to be more Christ-like in our journey to spend eternity with our Lord and Savior. It is this desire in all of us that serves as the impetus to do good and spread God’s Love. As we near the November election, let us all remember the teachings of Christ and take up the Cross to be good citizens and good Samaritans.

As I read those words today, I realized how much worse things are today compared to this time four years ago. Antifa, Impeachment hearings, the lack of bi-partisan cooperation, entertainment news,to name a few, have all contributed to the unrest and animosity that grips our nation.

2020 has been a tough year, but we must remain true to who we are as a nation and as Christians. We must accept one another and bemore Christ-like. We must be kind and love one another.

[1] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Tyndale, 2007.