I am told, apply the golden rule. Treat others as I want to be treated. The dictum, in the context that I most hear it directs me to accept the behavior of others while hoping they accept mine. For some, that may be the golden rule.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
For me, the expression treat others as I want to be treated works only to twist the second most important Commandment, Love your neighbor as yourself, into an embrace of moral relativism. That is how evil works. It lures with soothing words and once you accept the assertion, evil rips the soul right out of you. Evil also rips the soul from nations.
If you have yet to embrace the first Commandment, you are ill qualified to speak to me and much less a nation of people about the second. Men know by your walk whether you embrace the first.
C. S. Lewis, in my view quite possibly the clearest thinking man to ever put words on paper, explained the phenomenon Americans now face:
Proletarianism, in its various forms ranging from strict Marxism to vague “democracy”… [is] self-satisfied to a degree perhaps beyond the self-satisfaction of any recorded aristocracy. They are convinced that whatever may be wrong with the world it cannot be themselves. Someone else must be to blame for every evil. Hence, when the existence of God is discussed, they by no means think of Him as their Judge. On the contrary, they are His judges. If He puts up a reasonable defence, they will consider it and perhaps acquit Him. They have no feelings of fear, guilt, or awe. They think, from the very outset, of God’s duties to them, not their duties to Him. And God’s duties to them are conceived not in terms of salvation but in purely secular terms – social security, prevention of war, a higher standard of life. “Religion” is judged exclusively by its contribution to these ends. – From “The Quotable Lewis”
I must wonder if Mr. Lewis was not looking through history’s window toward the future United States of America when he wrote that. ““Religion” is judged exclusively by its contribution to these ends.” The golden rule as proclaimed to us then must mean that if we embrace the first Commandment, we must accept homosexual marriage because God wants us to accept it just as I suppose that Jesus wants us to pay more taxes. Evil, while working hard to redefine Christianity with a collection of worldly edicts “I am my brother’s keeper”, lays guilt on us hoping to pierce the armor of our faith and if we succumb to it another piece of our soul is ripped away. Loving your neighbor as yourself does not mean accepting behavior that is in direct conflict with our Christian way of life.
Few things in this world are truly important to me.
My Christian faith. I cannot stand by while it is redefined into some other worldly relative set of nonsensical platitudes hoping to steer a nation toward its own destruction. I will hold strong to it and pray every day that God keeps evil from my country and me. I stand with God. A country that turns away from God will not be allowed to stand. As Mrs. Ruth Graham said to the Reverend, “If God doesn’t bring judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
My family. The family is the foundation on which great societies stay strong and prosper. I will never embrace ideals that only serve to destroy traditional families. I will hold mine close to me and protect it with my last breath on this earth. A society that supports morals that serve only to destroy the traditional family will not be strong and ultimately will not survive.
My American Birth Right. I am among those blessed to have been born in a country founded on the principle of God-given rights and whose founders “… with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence…” set us on a path unequaled by any nation in the history of nations. Yet we work so hard to rely on fallible men, too often with ill-intent, to guide us.
God, Family, Country. In this order and uncompromising make up the soul of America. I challenge you, if it must come to it pledge to be the last American standing.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day —and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV)