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That’s Completely Outrageous!

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Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

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Over the years, I’ve met many people who live in places where they’re not free to say what they think. And as I’ve listened to their stories, it’s their deep sense of oppression that stands out for me across them all.

Freedom of expression is something that most of us would consider to be a fundamental human right. And yet today, even in societies that consider themselves to be open and liberal (I mean that in a completely apolitical sense), that freedom, that right, is being eroded a whole bunch more quickly than we might think. Sir Winston Churchill some years ago rather prophetically put it like this:

“Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say anything they like, but if anyone says anything back, that’s an outrage.”

And that’s very much the way things are playing out in modern discourse today. Civility, love, understanding have all but evaporated with opposing dogmas slogging it out for supremacy.

So much of that is aimed at Christianity, at your and my faith in Jesus, at the things which God calls right and wrong, to the point that opposing forces seek to jam us, to close us down from speaking the truth. So, how do we respond? By shouting back at them?

I don’t think so. Jesus said this:

Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

So, how then would you like those who oppose you, those who have vehemently different views to you, those who criticise and belittle you … how would you like them to treat you?

Well, that’s how Jesus wants you to treat them.

And that’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


Comments



Clara Ullyott

The Golden Rule is to do unto others as you would want them to do for you or something like that.

Today people do not bother with what the Bible teaches so I try to do what Jesus said. I do not expect anything from others who do not know the Truth. Jesus was persecuted so I expect the same. His family thought he was crazy, and His people wanted to kill Him. That was all in God’s plan.

I struggle as do others with the self-centeredness human nature we inherit. Just doing my best.



Raylene York

Thank you! This is great bibically based advice. Recently my sister and I -both of us Christians ,had a strong disagreement. She reacted so strongly against the very little bit that I had to say-so i was shut down basically and unable to speak or explain myself-terribly frustrated and angered inside. Because i love my sister very much i felt that it was important for her to see the truth about something. Later she texted me back a we were able to open a conversation by text. She still didn’t agree with me-but just her listening to what i had to say was what i needed. This is always important for both sides just to simply hear what the other has to say in a spirit of love


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