A few days ago I posted a quote from our new president and asked for your thoughts. You were kind enough to comment. I have waited for a bit, but let me share my thoughts on his comment. Here is what the president said, and then my observations-
"There is one law that binds all great religions together. It is, of course, the Golden Rule - the call to love one another, to understand one another, to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth." -President Barack Obama
First, the golden rule does not bind all great faiths together. It is not part of many of the faiths of the world. It is a primary faith statement of only two faiths- the Jewish faith and the Christian faith. The call to love one another comes from no other religion but these two. It comes only from these two because only these two have a sovereign God who has given his people this instruction. To be able to understand one another, to treat with dignity and respect those we live with on planet earth must start with a correct view of faith. You won't find this call to love in the Muslim faith, it's not part of Hinduism or any of the eastern religions. It only comes from the God of the bible and it's based on a life lived under his rule. There is no other way to love others unselfishly. As much as we might want to make these nice words work for everyone it will only "work" if you are worshiping the right God.....the one who called us to this unselfish expression of how he treats us.